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Belize advocates Health Equity and Solidarity at 77th World Health Assembly

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2024. 8:50 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Minister of Health and Wellness, Kevin Bernard, has taken the international stage at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Representing Belize, Minister Bernard underscored Belize’s unwavering commitment to the principle of “All for Health, Health for All.”

During his address, Minister Bernard highlighted several key achievements and initiatives that signify Belize’s dedication to advancing public health:

Expansion of Healthcare Infrastructure: Minister Bernard announced the establishment of new health centers in rural areas, aiming to improve accessibility and healthcare provision in underserved communities.

High Vaccination Coverage: Belize has achieved over 90% vaccination coverage, demonstrating a robust immunization program crucial for preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Malaria-Free Certification: Belize’s successful efforts in combating malaria have led to the nation being certified as malaria-free, marking a significant milestone in public health.

Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission: Zero incidences of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis highlight Belize’s commitment to ensuring maternal and child health.

Integration of Mental Health Services: Minister Bernard emphasized the integration of mental health services into primary healthcare, addressing a crucial aspect of public health often overlooked.

Expansion of National Health Insurance (NHI) Services: Belize is expanding its National Health Insurance (NHI) services, aiming to provide comprehensive healthcare coverage to its citizens.

Additionally, Belize voiced solidarity with Taiwan, advocating for its inclusion in the global health community.

In closing, Minister Bernard reiterated the importance of collaborative efforts in building resilient health systems and promoting health equity for all.

 

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