ORANGE WALK TOWN WELLNESS ACTIVITY: July 28, 2018
On July 28th, 2018, BVEC was invited to be a part of a Wellness Activity in Orange Walk Town, Belize. This Wellness Activity was organized by HECOPAB from the Ministry of Health. The Wellness Activity focused on Intellectual Wellness, Occupational Wellness and Environmental Wellness. BVEC was invited to do a segment on vector education for the Environmental Wellness segment. BVEC was represented by Marie Pott, Andrew Cameron (University of Notre Dame, Biology Undergraduate), Lily McNulty (Indiana University) and Donovan Leiva who set up a booth and participated for the morning event.
Projects Abroad San Pedro Health Fair: July 7, 2018
On July 7th, 2018, BVEC was invited to be a part of a health fair in San Pedro Town, Belize. This Health Fair was organized by Projects Abroad who is an NGO that trains young volunteers on health related issues. Diomne Habet of Projects Abroad was aware of the work that BVEC does and had reached out to us in order to spread awareness about vectors and vector borne diseases. BVEC was represented by Marie Pott and Donovan Leiva who set up a booth and participated for the all-day event.
5th Annual UB Biology-Chemistry Symposium: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
As one of the main sponsors of the UB Symposium, we attend this event yearly to embrace the work of local students in the different fields of Science. Every year, University of Notre Dame students also take part in the symposium to showcase the different projects they are working on in-country and to inspire the young Belizean scientific community to pursue research in the fields of medical entomology.
San Felipe Wellness Fair: Saturday, May 5, 2018
This activity focused on wellness and disease prevention. BVEC's role in this activity was to educate the community on types of mosquitoes and the disease that they transmit, with a focus on prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.
Santa Cruz Wellness Activity: Friday, April 30, 2018
This activity was geared at educating Primary School students from the Infant and Upper Division at the Santa Cruz Government School. A total of 70 students were engaged in a very dynamic session about the primary vectors in Belize, the diseases that they transmit, and how to treat and prevent these diseases.
PAHO presentation in March 2018
BVEC was presenting its work and research at a reginoal technical meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
PAHO promotes technical cooperation between countries and works in partnership with ministries of health and other government agencies, civil society organizations, other international agencies, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and other partners. PAHO promotes the inclusion of health in all public policies and the engagement of all sectors in efforts to ensure that people live longer, healthier lives, with good health as their most valuable resource. To know more about PAHO, click here.
Presentation at Belmopan Comprehensive High School
On February 2, 2018 Donovan Leiva from BVEC was giving a presentation at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School to introduce the students to general mosquito knowledge, mosquito borne diseases (Dengue, Chikingunya, Zika and Malaria). He also demonstrates the use of BG sentinel and Ovitraps.
Muffles High School Science Fair Judging: Friday, January 26, 2018
In this event, BVEC senior staff serve as judges for Science Fair projects created/designed by High School Students. The main goal is to promote Science in young minds and embrace the bright minds of our young scientific community by providing guidance and mentorship.
TABLET TRAINING 2 in Belize
In mid-December 2017, BVEC held its second part toward the tablet training sessions in which trainees learned and practiced how to create their own forms and all the processes involved in using them. This session was a follow-up session to the previous one in November and the same trainees participated throughout both sessions.
NAZARENE HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL DAY in Belize
BVEC was invited by Science teachers of Nazarene High School in Belize City in early December 2017 to be a part of their environmental awareness day. Here BVEC set up their booth amongst other local NGO’s and shared knowledge on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases as well as education on identification of vectors and the importance of having a clean environment.
TABLET TRAINING 1 in Belize
In November 2017, BVEC held Part 1 of a two part Training Session on the Use and Creation of Digital Forms as they introduce the importance of Mobile Technology. BVEC’s Donovan Leiva and Alvaro Cruz led the tablet training initiative given to members of the MOH Northern Unit
The BVEC at the 4th Annual UB Science Expo
BVEC participated again in another Science Expo at the University of Belize in November 2017. This year the team had to opportunity to share their knowledge with students from primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Santa Martha Flood Relief
This event was aimed at educating the Santa Martha community on mosquitoes and the disease that they transmit, particularly Aedes mosquitoes that transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. This event was unique in the sense that it happened during a very vulnerable time for the people in the village as they were experiencing the impacts of heavy rainfall and flooding. Our goal was not only to educate but to provide support and assistance in a time of great need.
2017 Outreach Activities
BVEC is proud to continue sponsoring the Annual Biology & Chemistry Symposium at the University of Belize, Central Campus, Belmopan City. At this annual symposium, faculty and students present their research findings to peers and community members to raise awareness the sciences and facilitate scholarly engagement.
Each year, top posters are awarded prizes through the support and generosity of BVEC managing directors Drs. Nicole L. Achee and John P. Grieco. This year, the BVEC symposium awardees are:
1st place: Briean William (Poster Title: Historical Water Quality Data of the Belize River & watershed Extracted from Environmental Impact Assessments)
2nd place: Aspiro Urbina (Poster Title: Species Richness and Abundance of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) of Saint Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Belize)
3rd place: Alexandra Fabro (Poster Title: The Isolation and Identification of Parasites and Culture Dependent Bacteria from the Internal and External body of Petenia splendida, Bay Snook, in the Crooked Tree Lagoon
Additionally, MSGH students from the University of Notre Dame engage in the UB Annual Biology & Chemistry Symposium, often presenting portions of their capstone projects.
2017 UB Symposia awardees
Briean William (Right) with BVEC Research Staff Donovan Leiva and Marla Magaña
Aspiro Urbina (Right) with BVEC Staff Marla Magaña and Donovan Leiva
Alexandra Fabro (Right) with BVEC Staff Marla Magaña and Donovan Leiva
Left to right: BVEC Staff Donovan Leiva and Marla Magaña, Julianie Pasos (Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology), Karen Waight (Chair of the Biology Department) and 2017 MSGH students Emma Forrest and Chris Knaub
3rd Annual UB Science Fair
BVEC was invited to be a part of the 3rd Annual UB Science Fair in November 2016 which was bigger than the previous year. There was a bigger turnout of students who were are actively engaged and asking questions. Students from all levels came around to learn about the different vectors and to gain knowledge on threats such as the Zika virus and preventative methods.
New Hope High School Science Fair
On March 2016, BVEC was invited to the New Hope High School Science Fair to share our knowledge of vectors and vector borne diseases with the students and attendees. Students from both primary and secondary level institutions were present at the event.
2nd Annual UB Science Expo
BVEC is a proud participant of the University of Belize Science Expo held yearly in the month of November. BVEC made its first appearance in the expo on November 2015 and have since continued to participate. Being the National University, UB invited schools from primary, secondary and even tertiary level institutions to be a part of the event and visit the different booths so they can gain insight to the field of science.