HelpAge Belize’s 34th Annual General Meeting Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 November 2018 00:00

HelpAge Belize, a not-for-profit  non-governmental organization (NGO), which  partners with other agencies, private sector businesses and individuals to improve the lives of older persons recently held its 34th Annual General meeting (AGM) in the Capital City of Belmopan. The event brought together representations from its eleven (11) branches countrywide.

The theme for this year’s annual general meeting, “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”, coincided with that of the International Day of Older Persons which was celebrated on 1st, October 2018, and also marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.

The celebration of older human rights champions provides an ideal opportunity to raise the visibility of older people as active members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately, while also raising awareness of ageism and age discrimination that older people face.

Remarks were delivered by the Mayor of Belmopan, His Worship, Mayor Khalid Belisle; HelpAge Belize Chairman, Mr. Evan Dakers and Helpage Belize Executive Director, Ivorine Bulwer. In addition, a special presentation on issues related to the upcoming ICJ Referendum was done by Ambassador David Gibson.

HelpAge Belize would like to thank the general public, partners, staff, and the Board of Directors for their unwavering support over the past fiscal year and looks forward to their continued support in the future.

Ms. Ivorine Bulwer tells the Guardian that two Cuban specialists have been acquired to boost services Countrywide. Given the costs involved, HelpAge has integrated that service with the Ministry of Health Central Region, offering geriatric consultations at the Matron Roberts and Cleopatra Health Centers. Geriatric services are also now being offered every other Friday in Laydiville and on every third week of every month clinical consultations are being held at the San Ignacio Hospital. While this is being done the Geriatrician is being trained in the use of the Ministry of Health’s Management Information System.

In doing assessments at both Sister Cecilia and Octavia Waight it was recognized that at these health care settings there are clients with health problems such as diabetes and hypertension. HelpAge will soon be sending a follow-up letter to the Ministry of Health so that nurses are assigned to residential homes.

“We would want to invite retired public and private sector personnel to come in and join HelpAge to be a part of HelpAge,  because there are opportunities out there for proposals and we want to improve upon what exists,” says Ivorine Bulwer.


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