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Oct 5, 2022

EU Donates Two Autoclaves to MOHW Valued at $400,000

In July of 2020, the European Union reallocated five hundred thousand Euros from the existing Health Sector Support Program Project (H.S.S.P.) to be put towards the preparation and response to COVID-19.  Through this reallocation, the E.U. and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization donated two medical waste autoclaves valued at four hundred thousand Belize dollars to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. This action is linked to the Health Sector Program for Belize financed by the E.U. with more than ten million U.S. dollars implemented by PAHO and W.H.O. A handing over ceremony was held in Belmopan this morning.


Aniceto Rodriquez Ruiz, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation

Aniceto Rodriquez Ruiz

“All people should be able to live in dignity. Access to health care, quality education, water, among others, is essential rights. For this reason, the health sector is currently one of our top priorities because we know how important it is for women, men and children to be healthy. The European Union is supposed to achieve the World Health Organization’s goals of universal coverage worldwide by 2030. That means that all people have access to health services of quality when and where they need them. In Belize, the EU has been working together with the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, for almost twenty years and also with the Ministry of Health and Wellness in order to provide more efficient and higher quality of health care for the people of Belize.”


Dr. Melisa Diaz MusaDr. Melisa Diaz Musa, Director of Public Health Services

“With 2020 with the emergence of the COVID 19 pandemic five hundred thousand Euros were directed to help our country’s response. The funds were used to expand the National Laboratory’s network diagnostic capacity for early detection and that was a game changer. It was also used to enhance infection prevention and control with a focus on medical waste management for COVID19, including why we are here the purchasing of the two autoclaves, one for the Punta Gorda Hospital and the other for Corozal Community Hospital. In the past, just to do a bit of history, even at Central Health Region which is one of the bigger districts and more urban areas we have had a lot of difficulty with getting rid of medical waste. And in many of our villages and key islands we have still had to resort to burning a lot of medical waste as well, so this has definitely something that is key and so important for us. It definitely is a game changer for the management of medical waste.”

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