Belize HIV is as high as 3%

Poverty is one of the major factors behind Belize HIV. Around 33% of the Belizeans live below the poverty line. Unemployment is a driving force that further aggravates this problem. Belize HIV was first diagnosed in 1986 and since then there has been an alarming increase in infections and AIDS related deaths. Other factors behind Belize HIV are sexual violence and gender disparities. In Belize it has become so critical that every person knows someone who is infected and who has died because of it.

The Belize Red Cross Society (BRCS) is taking necessary steps to combat this problem. They have provided necessary education to the Belizeans, especially young people aged 12 to 28 years, about AIDS and HIV. They have been able to target around 45,000 people through peer education. BRCS has been recognized for its contribution to the Belizean society in fighting against AIDS/ HIV. They are now preparing to branch out in many areas to provide further assistance at a national level. After the implementation of the Peer Education Program, BRCS has decided to go for review. The purpose of this program is to reduce the vulnerability to Belize HIV through various outputs.


Their first output is to reduce Belize HIV infection by doubling the number of targeted persons and increasing the number of persons approached through their programs by 20%. A Monitoring and Evaluation system is thus important for the National Security to assess and evaluate the outcome of the BRCS programs. The second output is to increase the HIV treatment, care and support to the World AIDS Campagne (People Living with HIV & AIDS, PLHIV). They have opened wellness clinics to decrease any deficit in their services to PLHIV. They have even tied up with other organizations to provide more support to those who have been affected by HIV and their near and dear ones. Thus, this systematic implementation of this program has been effective in reducing Belize HIV to a certain extent. 
 
The third output is to reduce Belize HIV discrimination. In order to tackle this problem, BRCS has implemented HIV related workplace policy in various companies and organizations. Their referral and reporting systems have been set up to fight against gender and sexual violence. The fourth output is to strengthen themselves by mobilizing volunteers and providing adequate training to them to combat against Belize HIV.