Billy White

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Billy White is a village in the Cayo District of central interior Belize, located on the north shore of the Belize River, Global Brigades began working in Billy White in 2024. There is not health facility in this community, people have to go to San Ignacio city for public hospital which is about 14 km away from the community. The service at this hospital is very poor, it is always at full capacity and it has limited medications. People from Billy White would like to have a Community Health Worker, they are in the process of building a health post space for the CHW and nurses at hurricane shelter. The most common illnesses in the community are fever, diarrhea and dengue.

Most houses are made of wood and cement blocks and most of them have toilets or septic latrines, however there are still some homes with traditional pit latrines. Community members work in agriculture, as day laborers or merchants, they do not have access to get a loan due to the lack of Belize legal papers.

The top three needs of Billy White are a water system (dry system pipes break, inconsistent), nutrition people need to have healthy habits and solid waste management due to so many cases of dengue.

Homes : 350
Population : 1000
Electricity : Yes
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Not started
Health Center : No
Homes with Latrines : 57%
Education : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

People in Billy White do not have access to a health post in their community, however, they can go to San Ignacio, which is a community nearby that takes about 25 minutes by vehicle to all services. San ignacio system is not good, takes all day. People tend to look for private health care, but it is too expensive

It also needs improve health post, infrastructure and access to frequency of care/personnel. Limited spaces for large population. Most of the time, public polyclinic doesn’t have necessary medication. So get subscriptions and have to buy in a private pharmacy.

50

Total number of volunteers

69

Patient consultations

2

Health Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical brigades are often run in the community health centre or the community centre with a designated room or patio where the stations of the brigade can be run comfortably.

Average patients attended: 148

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN BILLY WHITE:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Colorado Boulder Medical 05/13/24 30 Chaminade College Preparatory School 06/01/2024 20

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE  ACCESS:

Working closely with the Medical Program, the Dental Program provides fillings, extractions, and fluoride treatments as a standard part of Medical Brigades. Most community members do not have regular access to dental care due to the lack of a dentist within a reasonable distance.

182

Patient Consultations

35

Extractions

13

Dental Education Workshops

124

Fluoride Treatments

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical brigades are often run in the community health centre or the community centre with a designated room or patio where the dental stations of the brigade can also be run comfortably.

Average patients attended: 148

Nearby communities: Santa Rosa, San Roman, Georgetown

DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN BILLY WHITE:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Colorado Boulder Medical 05/13/24 30 Chaminade College Preparatory School 06/01/2024 20

Local Reference Points

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