The Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Promoting Public Health Research

The Belize Vector and Ecology Center (BVEC) is a field station in Orange Walk Town, Belize, Central America, committed to providing an outstanding research platform for investigating a wide variety of ecological, animal, and public health concerns in Belize. Directed by Dr. John P. Grieco and Dr. Nicole L. Achee , both Research Professors based at the University of Notre Dame (UND), and affiliated with the Eck Institute for Global Health and Department of Biological Sciences, and under the management of Belizean staff, BVEC aims to ensure knowledge transfer and capacity-strengthening within local, regional and international public health arenas through collaborations with the Belize Ministry of Health and Wellness (Central Medical Laboratory, National Vector Control Program, Health Education and Community Participation Bureau), the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, the University of Belize, domestic and international students, and researchers from around the world.

BVEC prides itself in its continued collaboration with the University of Notre Dame to continue researching in Belize and providing continued assistance to the Ministry of Health and Wellness to aid in identifying pain points and needs for the Government of Belize.