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Jul 23, 2013

Oak Foundation gives millions to construct pediatric intensive care unit

Kim Simplis-Barrow

In December of last year, Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis-Barrow announced the undertaking of a project to construct a new pediatric intensive care unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  The initiative, manifested in the form of a contract, was a collaborative effort between her office, the Lifeline Foundation, Challenge Gobie Foundation, the Oak Foundation and the Ministry of Health.  At the signing of the agreement Alan Gobie, of the Challenge Gobie Foundation, through various fundraising activities, pledged a million dollars.  Today, the Oak Foundation has committed to an additional two million dollars for construction, as well as the purchase of equipment for the unit.  Simplis-Barrow and C.E.O. in the Ministry of Health, Doctor Peter Allen gave an update on the project.


Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children

“For over a year Lifeline Foundation had submitted an application to the Oak Foundation for funding and I’m very, very pleased to announce today that we got the approval of two million Belize dollars for the construction of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  One million will go towards construction and another million will go towards equipping the center.  This is very important because it’s the biggest, I think, that we’ve ever done and I think that we all know Lifeline Foundation started out as a small organization here in Belize but I think we’ve been able to reach some very high standards and we’re, of course very, very pleased.”


Dr. Peter Allen, CEO, Ministry of Health

Dr. Peter Allen

“It is the largest grant that has been awarded to any organization in Belize and it shows, I think, the enormous respect that the international community has for the Special Envoy for Women & Children in particular and for the work of the Lifeline Foundation.  We would particularly, once again, like to thank Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow and the directors for their continuous good work and we ask for the support of everyone in making this important event come through.”


The idea to build a pediatric intensive care unit at the K.H.M.H. was conceived well in advance of the deaths of thirteen neonates at the hospital several weeks ago; however, the need for a facility that will cater exclusively to the requirements of critically ill children and newborns cannot be emphasized more in the wake of the recent tragedy.


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3 Responses for “Oak Foundation gives millions to construct pediatric intensive care unit”

  1. Rod says:

    Half the money will go to the foundation and the other half to the barrow and his ministers bank accounts since their is no accountability in this corrupt gov.

  2. Refinery says:

    Here we go, sell the country out to oak.

  3. belizean says:

    Until something is done!! hope it works not just say thanks to the lady but to all tha colaborte. Where is Pablo Marin? Hiding?

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