Belize, located on the eastern coast of Central America, has a population of 387,879 million people with a life expectancy of 68 years for men and 73 years for women. Belize recognises universal access to affordable and high-quality healthcare in its National Development Framework 2010-2030. The National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2014-2024 sets out a health strategy to achieve universal health coverage and accountability for the delivery of health services. Better health outcomes are sought through a primary healthcare-based health system whereby services are organized and managed through integrated health service delivery networks (IHSDNs). Other initiatives include the implementation of a national health insurance program and a health information system. To accelerate Belize’s health priorities, the country joined the 2017-2020 UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework for the Caribbean and—since 2018—the UHC Partnership. Initiatives in 2019 support the IHSDNs and the redefinition of health financing mechanisms to ensure equitable access to health services. Activities around legal and regulatory frameworks for medicines address governance challenges, whereas Human Resources for health management seeks to expand health service delivery and health benefits. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

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