Sixteen Peace Corps Volunteers, focused on implementing a two-year Rural Family Health program, were sworn in on September 6t in Belmopan.
The team of volunteers, who will be assigned to Cayo, Orange Walk, Toledo and the Belize District, arrived on June 26th and were enrolled in an intensive training and orientation program, which concluded on August 13th.
This is the first time that all volunteers will be assigned by the Ministry of Health to work in rural communities, where they will live with host families for the duration of their stay.
Community health workers will work alongside the volunteers to provide support to Ketchi and Spanish speaking villages.
Among their goals are the adoption of positive practices that contribute to better health in women and children and the prevention and care of common illnesses in children.
Healthy eating practices and the prevention of non-communicable diseases will also be addressed.