Galen University and UNICEF Belize Forge Strategic Partnership

Collaboration includes the Launch of the ADN Galen University, Belize Chapter.

12 March 2024
Officials pose for group photo
Galen University 2024

Central Farm, March 12, 2024 – Galen University and UNICEF Belize are proud to announce a transformative partnership aimed at addressing critical challenges facing children and adolescents in emergency and disaster situations. The launch of the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) Galen University, Belize chapter, a pioneering initiative, is poised to serve as a regional beacon for disaster risk reduction and treating disaster deaths as a public health concern.

Central to this partnership is a shared commitment to implementing the goals and targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 -2030, a global blueprint for reducing disaster risk and building resilience. Through capacity-building programs and activities, Galen University, in collaboration with UNICEF Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), aims to empower officials and communities to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Dr. Rene Villanueva, President of Galen University, emphasized the university's dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of Belizean youth.

"Galen University is honored to
partner with UNICEF Belize in launching the ADN Galen University, Belize chapter. By
prioritizing the safety and well-being of children and youth, we aim to build a more resilient
future for all Belizeans."

Young people are on the front line of an ever-worsening climate that menaces their most fundamental rights: to safety, to equity, to health, to quality education, to freedom from violence and poverty. This crisis has not only become a child rights crisis; it is changing our children.

Mrs. Alison Parker, Country Representative of UNICEF Belize, highlighted the importance of partnerships in advancing the national disaster risk management agenda and the Protocol for the Integrated Protection of Children & Adolescents in Disaster Situations in Belize.

"UNICEF Belize is thrilled to embark on this partnership with Galen University which will amongst others
contribute to strengthening disaster risk governance, promote investment in disaster risk
reduction, enhance disaster preparedness for effective response, and support efforts to build
back better in recovery and rehabilitation, especially for the most vulnerable”.

In addition to disaster risk reduction, the ADN Galen University chapter will also focus on road safety as a preventable cause of death among children and adolescents. Collaborating with the Department of Transport, Galen University aims to raise awareness, implement safety measures, and advocate for policy changes to protect young lives on Belize's roads.

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