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Apr 9, 2015

Stakeholders Meet to Plan Second Phase of SM Belize

The Salud Mesoamerica Project is a partnership between both public and private sectors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, Spain’s Cooperation Agency for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Ministries of Health in eight Mesoamerican countries including Belize. The initiative focuses on improving maternal and child health by boosting the coverage of immunizations, reproductive services, maternal care and child health services. The first phase of the project was launched in Belize in 2012 and focused specifically on the northern and western regions.  As of May of last year, over one hundred and five healthcare workers have graduated from the project. They have all been equipped with the tools to perform voluntary work in the communities as well as health care facilities in their area. So how did Belize do?


Martha Woodye

Martha Woodye, Coordinator for SM Belize Project

“We actually started implementation in July 2012 and have been executing fro twenty-four months. And during that twenty-four months, we have made significant improvement and this is addressing the project in terms of maternal and infant and child care…focusing on adolescent care. And with that, our stakeholders include community healthcare workers, world health nurses, public health nurses—both at the community level, district level and regional level. During the first operation, we focused mainly on equipping the facilities and the community healthcare workers. One of the things was doing trainings, ensuring that the manuals are in place and aside from doing their manuals, conducting trainings, competences.”


Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson, Technical Adviser for SM Belize Mission 2015

“Belize has made really great progress during the first operation. Some of the key highlights were the in record time, approved two new norms national level norms. One was about quality of reproductive healthcare and the other was about revitalizing a brand new community platform which was very successful. We trained over ninety community health workers who are certified in ten different topics to help out increasing the quality of care in their community. Additionally there was twenty health teams that we created as part of the quality improvement fund and all of these different health centers worked for over a year to improve each of their goals individually at the hospital level, to each of the different health centers, to improve quality of care. They were really great advancements there. They made proposals on how they can make their centers more patient oriented and they did a really good job. In addition to that they increase supply and input of really important things like family planning, products, making sure everyone had access to contraception. In addition to making sure that all necessary supplies for neonatal, obstetric care, child care was also in place at the hospitals and health centers.”


With the completion of the first operation phase, stakeholders met with consultants on Tuesday to plan for the second operation phase.

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