Last month the first lady of Belize, Kim Simplis Barrow, was given a tour of the Evelina Children’s Hospital during a diplomatic visit to the UK.
Ms Barrow was welcomed by staff at the hospital, run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, including surgery specialist nurse Jacqui Mitchell, matron Lorraine Arnavout, and head of nursing Polly Hodgson.
The visit formed part of Ms Barrow’s efforts to raise money to construct a children’s intensive care facility at the Central American country’s National Referral Hospital.
She is hoping to improve support for children and families in the former British colony, which has a population of around 330,000.
Ms Barrow expressed her concerns to hospital staff about neonatal mortality rate in Belize, which was around eight per 1,000 live births in 2010, according to a report from the World Bank.
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