Bolstering the Frontline Response
Building a Resilient & Responsive Health Care System in Belize
Through the funding of the Government of Japan, UNICEF has been able to support the Ministry of Health & Wellness to comprehensively respond to COVID-19 pandemic and all the associated demands on the national health system.
One of the advancements of this multi-lateral partnership has been the establishment of a Quality Improvement Unit dedicated to continuous "hands on" capacity building programs for health workers.
The overall goal has been to improve the response to COVID-19 and maternal and child health, cold chain system strengthening through procurement, installation and training on the CCE equipment and risk communication and community engagement to address Vaccine hesitancy.
Dr. Angella Baitwabusa has steered UNICEF's health programme and explains that through the support Belize is improving the resiliency of the health sector to respond to further shocks.
"Being able to achieve high coverage of vaccination will help keep children safe and healthy which will help them become healthy adults in the future."
"The population increased from 7% to 70% of peope who needed to be vacicnated. With the donation we got for the Punta Gorda Polyclinic and the San Antonio Polycling and other satelites the iceline refridegerator can meet the capacity when it comes to the COVID-19 vacicnes."
"Now we are in a better position to meet the demands for vaccines during outreach sessions. There is always an extra vaccine carrier with sufficient space to have a reserved supply on-site or on-hand."
"We have increased our knowledge in calcuating vaccine needs for outreach sessions, how to pack vacicne carriers, to read vaccina vial monitors, how often refridgerators need cleaning, and how often to do maintenance of cold chain equipment."
"Cold Chain equipment has increased and vaccine safety and efficacy optimized."
"The hands-on capacity building programs have been important component to build the capacity of primary healthcare workers. The health workers are integral to shaping the efficiency of the national health system. These trainings have improved their skills by providing an opportunity for one-on-one mentorship. When the nurses and administrators are well trained and experienced it translate to improved patient/beneficiary care and management. It has also built their capacity to manage health crises ensuring optimal health care is provided through efficient communication."