The Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) is the health promotion arm of the Ministry of Health with responsibility to plan, coordinate and implement health promotion programmes, projects, interventions and activities throughout Belize.
HECOPAB was established in 1983 with technical and financial support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Up until 1995 HECOPAB operated as a single unit from the Belize District and Health Educators had to travel to the other districts to conduct health promotion activities in collaboration with the Primary Health Care District Coordinators. However, with the amalgamation of HECOPAB and the Primary Health Care Unit, HECOPAB Units were established in all districts. Since 2002, the capacity of the Bureau has been strengthened with the establishment of a HECOPAB Unit in the capital city of Belmopan.