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Ministry of Health announces World AIDS Day 2018 Activities

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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 12:17 pm CST.

BBN Staff: World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st every year and this year’s theme is “Know Your Status”.

According to UNAIDS data, at the end of 2017 there were approximately 36.9 million people globally who were living with HIV, with 1.8 million people being newly infected with HIV in 2017.


While significant progress has been made in AIDS response over the years, there are still hurdles to overcome, including reaching those persons who do not know their status, and linking people living with HIV to care and treatment.


Unfortunately, there still exists, barriers to both HIV testing and treatment adherence and many persons still only seek testing services after becoming sick.


According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), Belize’s Annual HIV Statistical Report 2017 indicates that there are still more women getting tested than men, however, there were more males testing positive. 


“This indicates the vital importance of the population, and in particular, males, getting to know their status in order to have timely access to treatment and care. The report also points out that, in Belize, there were 223 persons newly diagnosed with HIV Infection for 2017,” the MOH says.


The MOH in collaboration with other stakeholders, has planned activities across the various health regions to commemorate World AIDS Day 2018 and to foster public awareness on getting to know one’s status and accessing the necessary services.


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Person Responsible

San Ignacio Community Hospital

*Testing leading up to WAD

*Mopan Clinic Open Day

*San Ignacio Open Day

Various Businesses


Mopan Clinic


Welcome Center

9-23Rd November

29th November, 2018


30th November, 2018

Emma Gabriel

Corozal Community Hospital

*Health Education

*Testing leading up to WAD

*Testing CCH

Secondary Schools

(Casino, Free Zone, Immigration, BAHA)

Corozal community Hospital

26th November

27-29th November


30th November

Clemente Novelo


Health Fair

Queen Victoria Park

30th November

Veronica Ortega

San Pedro

Testing Day

Central Park

30th November

Lezelle Cayetano

Western Regional Hospital

Health Education sessions and testing

*Health Fair

Schools, businesses, MOH

Civic Center, Bmp

8-28th November


30th November

Karen Golanche


Health Fair

Courts, Dangriga

30th November

Vanna Petillo


Health Fair

PG Central Park

30th November

Marlene Alvarez

Belize City

Health Fair

Constitution Park

1st December

Laverne Marin


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