BELIZE PRESS OFFICE
●Phone: 822-0094 or 0092 ●Fax: 822-2671 ● website: www.governmentofbelize.gov.bz
Official Ceremony for Grant Agreement between Japanese Social
Development Fund Grant and Government of Belize
Belmopan, March 16th, 2011
An official signing ceremony will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011 in Belmopan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Training Room for a Grant Agreement between the World Bank/Japan Fund Project and the Ministry of Health/Government of Belize for a Project to Improve Children’s Health and Nutrition in the Toledo District.
This project is part of the World Bank administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) which funds innovative projects that provides direct assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups.
The objective of the grant is to improve the health and nutrition of children in communities in Toledo, Belize through an early childhood development approach focusing on pre-natal care, nutrition monitoring in the critical window of opportunity, and school health interventions at the primary school level.
Specific components of the Project to be implemented through the grant are:
1. To prevent and address malnutrition in children under 5 years of age by empowering the local community.
2. To develop healthy lifestyles programs for primary school children in their eight years of
3. To strengthen access and quality of community-based health services in support of maternal and child health.
4. To promote behavior change in communities by increasing understanding of community’s
attitude and perception towards health.
The grant, which is in the sum of Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, Eight
Hundred and Ninety-Four United States Dollars (US$2,752,894.00) will be received by the Ministry of Health, over a five-year period, for project implementation by the Toledo District Health Council.
Present at the celebratory ceremony will be His Excellency Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Ambassador of Japan to Belize, Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health and Carmen Carpio, Public Health Specialist of the World Bank.
For More Information contact:
Dr. Natalia Beer
Director, Maternal and Child Health
Ministry of Health, Belmopan