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CDC programs in Honduras

CDC has been collaborating with public health institutions in Central America since the 1960s. Through these alliances, CDC has been able to address priority public health burdens in Belize. CDC programs working in Belize include the Global HIV/AIDS Program, International Influenza Program, International Emerging Infectious Program and the Field Epidemiology Training Program.

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CDC office (physical presence)
2 U.S. Assignees
10 Locally Employed

Belize at a Glance

Population: 317,900
Per capita income: $5,990
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 76/72 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 17/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011 and 2012

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare, 2010

  1. Cancer 15%
  2. Ischemic Heart Disease 12%
  3. HIV 11%
  4. Stroke 7%
  5. Diabetes 7%
  6. Lower Respiratory 6%
  7. Road Injuries 7%
  8. Interpersonal Violence 4%
  9. Chronic Kidney Disease 4%
  10. Cirrhosis 3%

What CDC Is Doing

  • 8 senior health professionals have been trained to tutor on the fundamentals of epidemiology, public health and biostatistics through the Influenza Preparedness Detection and Response program.
  • As of 2011, a total of 18 students received basic-level training in field epidemiology through the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in the country.
  • The first HIV Behavioral Surveillance Survey among men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW) and people living with HIV was conducted in the districts of Belize, Cayo, Orange Walk, and Stann Creek in 2012. A total of 219 FSW and 130 MSM were tested for HIV. Preliminary results highlight an HIV prevalence of 0.91% among FSW and 13.85% among MSM.
  • 3 MOH staff trained in the use of HIV behavioral surveillance and population size estimation data to inform programs and develop policy at the national and local level.
  • Page last reviewed: February 21, 2014
  • Page last updated: February 21, 2014
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