6TH ANNUAL UB BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY SYMPOSIUM: MAY 17, 2019
On May, 17th, 2019 the University of Belize held its 6th Annual Biology and Chemistry Symposium. BVEC continue to be a very active partner with the University of Belize and this year they sponsored prizes for the poster competition as well as printing of the Abstract booklets. This year, one of BVEC’s very own, Marla Magana, presented at the Symposium the Summary Outcomes of the Vector Surveillance component that BVEC is involved in through the IMPACTS project. The winners of the Poster competition were 1st Prize: Mr. Clinton Cho, 2nd Prize: Mr. Wilmer Guerra and 3rd Prize: Ms. Sabrina Blanco.
SAN JOSE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR: MAY 15, 2019
On May 15th, 2019 BVEC attended the Holistic Health Fair at San Jose government school. Primary school students from all levels came by the booth to learn about common vectors of Belize and how to protect themselves from these diseases. The Health Fair was organized by teachers of the school as well as the Peace Corp volunteer, Ms. Elizabeth Williams. It was also attended by HECOPAB, Vector Control, Public Health Inspectors, Doctors and Nurses, NDACC and other NGOs.
CHW TABLET TRAINING: APRIL 12, 2019
On April 12, 2019, BVEC held a training session with the Community Health Workers from the Orange Walk District. The purpose was to train the CHWs on how to use a form on the tablets. This initial training was much needed so that the CHWs can get used to using the tablets to input their home visits as opposed to the typical paper forms that they are currently using. The training session is in preparation for the tablets that will be handed over to the Ministry of Health of Belize through the IMPACTS project.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY: MARCH 29, 2019
On March 29th, 2019 BVEC took part in the Ministry of Health’s World Tuberculosis Day event. BVEC assisted in giving out information about vectors and vector borne diseases to the attendees of the event along with other entities that participated. They also displayed some of their surveillance equipment to show the tools they use to gather this information.
NAZARENE HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL DAY: MARCH 13, 2019
On March 13th, 2019 BVEC was invited to set up a booth at Nazarene High School on Belize City. The purpose of the Environmental Day was to educate the students about environmental awareness and how they can play a role in its preservation. BVEC did an educational talk about the different vectors, vector borne diseases and preventative methods.
IMPACTS ANNUAL MEETING: FEBRUARY 25, 2018
On February 25th 2019, BVEC hosted an Annual Meeting event to showcase the data collected towards the vector surveillance component of the IMPACTS project. The surveillance data was presented by BVEC directors Dr. John Grieco and Dr. Nicole Achee. The meeting was first held in Belize City, followed by a field visit. It was attended by members of the Ministry of Health of Belize, University of Belize, Mayo Clinic, members of the Eck Institute for Global Health of Notre Dame as well as the BVEC team.