Hillside Health Care International Announces Search for Medical Director for its Clinic in Punta Gorda, Belize

Providing care during a Hillside Mobile Clinic in Aguacate, Belize

“I’ve enjoyed the most in-depth discussions I’ve ever had about how to treat patients, how to teach and what it practically means to offer help” – Ann Colbert, MD

Hillside Health Care International has worked since 2000 to improve access to the health and quality of life for the people living in the Toledo District of Belize. The Toledo District is one of the most culturally diverse areas of Belize. It remains one of the country’s most under-served regions with much of Its population living in precarious socio-economic conditions: 83% live in rural areas and 79% live in poverty. Almost 22% of its residents do not have access to potable water and 78% do not have access to a sewer system. The under-5 mortality rate is almost double the national rate. At 14 physicians for a population of 30,000, the district is one of the least served by health care professionals.

Hillside Clinic provides primary care at its outpatient clinic base and in rural villages, 5 days per week, year-round. The clinic also provides physical rehabilitation, pharmacy, home care services, and community outreach and health education in its public health program. We have seen substantial growth in recent years and had over 9,500 visits in 2016. Students and residents from the US, UK, Europe, and Australia fulfill elective requirements through Hillside’s educational rotations and get hands-on experience working side-by-side with volunteer preceptors. Under the direction of the Medical Director and volunteer licensed physicians and clinicians, students are exposed to the practice of global health through multi-disciplinary, structured rotations. The Medical Director has overall…

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