Belize City, June 10th, 2011 – An important United States benefactor of Belizean healthcare, Project C.U.R.E. has joined forces with the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Belize and the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, to assist in the creation of a Children’s Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. A team led by Douglas Jackson, President & CEO of Project C.U.R.E., and Leanna Clark, Executive Director for Project C.U.R.E.’s PhilanthroTravel Program, will visit Belize June 12th to 15th as part of this worthwhile initiative. While in Belize, the team will hand over various medical equipment and supplies which will be utilized in the establishment of the Children’s ICU.
The delegation will also tour the KHMH and participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the ICU on Monday, June 13th at 10:00 am. In addition to the equipment, the doctors and nurses at the hospital will be receiving footwear courtesy Crocs Caressm, the philanthropic arm of Crocs. Children currently admitted in the hospital and those students in attendance at the ceremony will also receive Crocs™ shoes as well as hygiene kits donated by Project C.U.R.E.
This initiative stems from a partnership created between Ministry of Health and Project C.U.R.E. in 2005 to deliver containers of medical supplies and equipment to Belize. Project C.U.R.E. estimates that the partnership with MoH, KHMH, and the Special Envoy will provide approximately BZ $1,200,000 in medical supplies and equipment for the new wing, in addition to $20,000 dollars that have been raised through the fundraising efforts of Mrs. Simplis Barrow and Project C.U.R.E. in the United States in 2010.
Project C.U.R.E. is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Colorado, USA, which delivers donated medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics around the world. Since 2005, Project C.U.R.E. has been working with health partners in Belize to deliver an estimated BZ $9 million in supplies and equipment to hospitals throughout the country. Project C.U.R.E. has reached more than 120 countries worldwide through donations of medical equipment and supplies to support healthcare systems.
The media is being invited to attend this groundbreaking and handing over ceremony to take place at the KHMH parking lot on June 13th at 10:00 am.