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Screen_Shot_2014-02-14_at_7.58.40_PMIn Central America Belize is considered to have one of the highest rates of HIV. In addition, several organizations have conducted outreach campaigns to the general public with the aim of bringing awareness of the HIV/AIDS program in an effort to decrease the risk and impact of STI/HIV/AIDS through the delivery of efficient and effective health services in Belize. With that in mind in, PASMO organized an outreach program in Corozal to reach out to the public servants and to the general public.  When we spoke with officials from PASMO we were made to understand the importance of the outreach.


Talima Lima – Director


“Today we are here in Corozal Town conducting a HIV testing in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and USAID which is a combination prevention program.  We are offering HIV testing and educational support to the police station department, the fire department, and the border taxi union at this moment we are at the police station and then we will getting over to the terminal to do testing to the taxi men, for us everybody should know their status and there shouldn’t be a single person prohibited to that and that is why we are doing this outreach specially to males at risks there is a big population target here in Belize and that is our main target population.”


According to PASMO representative Talima Lima, Corozal has a high percentage of persons living with the virus. The good news is that the Ministry of Health is providing free medication to those patients.


Talima Lima – Director


“The Ministry of health they provide the services and medical attention to that person, free of cost.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Now from this morning that you have been out here, has there been any case proven positive out here?”

 

Talima Lima – Director


“At the moment not, like I told you we are still at the police station and we have a bunch of people yet to come.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“How many persons have you see for this morning?”


Talima Lima – Director


“For the couple of two hours approximately about twenty persons and we are going at a good rate.”

 

The results of those who partook in the screening were given in a time span of approximately fifteen minutes by a councilor from the Corozal Community Hospital. 

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