Lifeline Foundation receives funding for KHMH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-09h00m37s240Tuesday afternoon Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis-Barrow announced a grant commitment of 2 million dollars from the Oak Foundation to her Lifeline Foundation to be put toward the construction of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH)’s new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Simplis-Barrow shares further details at her press conference this afternoon in Belize City.




Kim Simplis Barrow – Belize’s Special Envoy:
vlcsnap-2013-07-24-09h00m01s158For over a year Lifeline Foundation has submitted an application to the Oak Foundation for funding.  I’m very pleased to announced today that we got approval of  two million Belize Dollars for the construction of  the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  One million towards the construction and another million will go towards equipping the center.  This is very important because it’s the biggest, I think, that we’ve ever done.  I think that we all know Lifeline Foundation started out as a small organization here in Belize, but I think we’ve been able to reach some very high standards and we’re, of course very, very pleased.


Representing the Ministry of Health was CEO Dr. Peter Allen who chimed in with his congratulations.


Dr Peter Allen – CEO Ministry of Health:

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-09h10m20s179It is the largest grant that has been awarded to any organization in Belize and it shows, I think, the enormous respect that the international community has for the Special Envoy for Women & Children in particular and for the work of the Lifeline Foundation.  We would particularly, once again, like to thank Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow and the directors for their continuous good work and we ask for the support of everyone in making this important event come through.

The neonatologists that we have requested from Cuba, and which Cuba has identified, should arrive on the 17th of August.  Those support staff  for the nurses are due to arrive very soon, if they’re not here already.  We’re  also identifying further opportunities for training,  specifically in areas related to Neonatal Intensive care, for some of our pediatric staff who are already at the hospital.  We’ve completed the training in intravenous safety, the safe use of intravenous therapies, with ouir nurses from around the country.


Fundraising goes on. Some $200,000 was raised at a charity event patronized by the Special Envoy and her husband the Prime Minister during their recent visit to the United Kingdom. She also made linkages with an important source of assistance for the hospital, as she explains.


Kim Simplis Barrow – Belize’s Special Envoy:
[With reference to] my visit to Evelina Children’s Home, we are presently working on an agreement between the PQ and that children’s hospital, for there to be exchange in terms of surgeons and specialists to come in here and help out locally.


Further fundraisers are expected in the United States, specifically in Belizean communities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City, Houston and Chicago in the coming year. A further million-dollar grant is expected from the Challenge Gobie Foundation and fundraising for a target of six million will continue.

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