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UNICEF Regional Director Jean Gough hands over Cold Chain Equipment to the Ministry of Health & Wellness

Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2022. 11:42 am CST.

Photo Credit: UNICEF Belize

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: UNICEF Regional Director Jean Gough is meeting implementing partners and beneficiaries today, said UNICEF Belize.

In her first activity on Tuesday, Gough was the main speaker at the official handover ceremony of Cold Chain Equipment to the Ministry of Health & Wellness.

UNICEF Belize said UNICEF “has prioritized providing cold chain support and will be assisting our health authorities to deliver adequate health care for children and their families”.

According to UNICEF Belize, the cold chain equipment handed over today to the Ministry of Health included a vehicle for vaccine transportation, a container retrofitted for storing vaccine cold boxes and vaccine carriers, two air conditioning units, compound paving and fence of vaccination compound, shelves and tables for the vaccine equipment storage, 100 vaccine cold boxes (from previous procurement in 2021), and specialized refrigerators for vaccine storage (from previous procurement in 2021).

At the start of her visit on Monday, Gough met with Prime Minister of Belize John Briceño with whom she discussed the long-standing collaboration with the Government and the new Country Programme Document 2022-2026.

She also visited Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Immigration Eamon Courtenay. The UNICEF Regional Director “acknowledged the long term partnership and personally expressed her appreciation for Minister Courtney’s invaluable support to the recent process of developing UNICEF’s Country Programme Document,” said UNICEF Belize.

Since UNICEF Belize “has continued to prioritize early childhood development (ECD) as a critical part of the work for the children of Belize,” Gough met with the ECD Intersectoral Technical Working Group. With them, she discussed the impact of their work and the plans for a new national ECD Strategic Plan for 2022-2030.

Four government ministers and their chief executive officers were present at that ECD meeting, namely Health Minister Kevin Bernard, Human Development Minister Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Education Minister Francis Fonseca and Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development Christopher Coye.

The UNICEF Regional Director had a close look at the Go Green campaign when she met with the Go Green team of Young UNICEF Belize.

Considering that “UNICEF’s work in Belize includes protection of the rights of migrant and displaced children”, the regional Director, Jean Gough, closed her first day with a joint UN meeting with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) during which she discussed support to the national amnesty program and the joint migration workplan, said UNICEF Belize.


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