The Reporter | Belize continues Ebola preparedness with help from Taiwan and PADF

Published on July 31, 2015

The Ministry of Health has received clinical care kits for Ebola patients through donations from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Government of Taiwan. The donation is part of a larger regional effort to prepare for and control a potential Ebola outbreak. With support from Taiwan, PADF has delivered Clinical Care Kits to Belize and other countries in the region.

In the event of an Ebola outbreak, the equipment can be quickly deployed to hospitals and other care facilities to protect medical personnel as they treat patients.

Each kit contains personal protective items that meet the rigorous standards of international health organizations, including gowns, goggles, respirators, masks, gloves, biohazard bags, aprons, and other essential gear. According to international health experts, quick access to such equipment is essential to prevent the spread of the virus.

“In light of the ongoing risks posed by the Ebola virus, Taiwan has partnered with PADF to boost preparedness efforts in Belize, and also in other countries in the region.”

Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho said: “We remain committed to emergency preparedness in the Americas and [to] providing aid that meets high priority local needs that can save many lives”.

While no cases of Ebola have been reported in the region, international health organizations have been working to ensure that countries like Belize are prepared to safely treat patients, providing basic equipment, enhancing knowledge, and upgrading systems to address a potential outbreak of the virus.

“There is an urgent need for protective equipment to prevent the transmission and spread of Ebola in the region. This donation is a major step in addressing the potential threat posed by an outbreak”, stated PADF Executive Director John Sanbrailo.

“PADF is grateful to Taiwan for facilitating this cooperation with Belize, and for quickly and efficiently responding to increased international cooperation for this purpose. It is humanitarian partnerships like these that help the region prepare for and respond to emergencies and express the true spirit of international solidarity”, he said.