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Smart Healthcare Facilities Project Kick-Off Meeting for design of 6 health facilities in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2018 00:00

The design of a new project, the Smart Healthcare Facilities Project in Belize, was launched at a meeting between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The project aims to provide safer and more environmentally-friendly healthcare facilities to deliver care in times of disaster. Following an assessment and selection phase, 6 out of 26 healthcare facilities have been chosen to be a part of this project.

All 26 facilities were evaluated on structural, functional, environmentally responsible, and resource-efficient parameters to assess their suitability for Smart interventions. Based on those criteria, the Matron Roberts and Cleopatra White Polyclinics in Belize City; San Ignacio Community Hospital and the Palm Centre Nursing Home in the Cayo District; Independence Polyclinic in the Stann Creek District; and Isabella Palma Polyclinic in the Toledo District were chosen.

At the meeting, which existed to review the scope of works and the roles and responsibilities of the participating stakeholders, Lealou Reballos, PAHO/WHO Project Administrator, worked in the capacity of facilitator. Personnel from the Ministry of Health and the PAHO/WHO technical team were also presents as well as Garth Arch, Check Consultant Engineer for the project, and representatives from Gutierrez and Associates Architects Ltd., the contracted design firm.

A series of site visits to the selected facilities for consultations with healthcare staff will be carried out by the design firm team, MoH, and PAHO/WHO technical focal points for the project. This phase of the project is expected to last 3-6 months after which local contractors will have an opportunity to bid for the approved retrofit works at these facilities.

The ‘Smart Healthcare Facilities in the Caribbean’ project is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by PAHO/WHO in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2018 11:48