Agua Agria

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Engineering
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Agua Agria is located within the municipality of El Corpus in the department of Choluteca in southern Honduras. Children in the community have access to education up to ninth grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture, either subsistence farming or on nearby, large-scale farms pertaining to the sugar cane, melon, and okra industries. The top need expressed by Agua Agria’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades was in-home public health infrastructure.

Municipality: El Corpus
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 125
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 80%
Education : Up to 9th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 53 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

The Honduran government provides two different types of health centers throughout rural Honduras: Centros de Salud Médico Odontológico (CESAMOs) and Centros de Salud Rural (CESARs). CESAMOs are the larger of the two, often found in municipalities, and typically have at least one physician on staff at all times with nurses and potentially a dentist. CESARs are found sporadically in rural communities and generally have a single nurse available. Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available in these health centers and the physician density in Honduras remains around 1,220 people for every one doctor. According to the World Health Organization, there should be a maximum of 435 people per physician to qualify a country as having adequate access to medical attention.

There is no health center located in the community of Agua Agria. If community members need to seek medical attention, they must walk four kilometers to the nearest CESAR in Los Terreros. The most common illnesses reported by community members include diarrhea, the flu, dengue fever, chikungunya, and kidney failure.

Statistics included are from brigades indicated with an asterisk (*) in the brigade list.

91

Brigade Volunteers

1,274

Patient Consulations

99

PAP Smears Performed

67

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Agua Agria currently has access to two Community Health Workers (CHWs). However, these CHWs were not trained by Global Brigades. Our Medical Program is actively working to assess the current CHWs’ knowledge, recruit additional volunteers, and provide supplemental training and certification.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Agua Agria attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s six classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 425 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of eight educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 425
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: N/A
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN AGUA AGRIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Missouri -Kansas City  & University of Nottingham* May 2013 34 Purdue University* December 2013 26
Saint Louis University* August 2014 31 University of California Riverside & University of California Irvine June 2015 35
University of Central Florida May 2016 37

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.

Statistics included are from brigades indicated with an asterisk (*) in the brigade list.

66

Patient Consultations

N/A

Fluoride Treatments

41

Fillings Performed

13

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Agua Agria attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s six classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 425 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of eight educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 425
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: N/A
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN AGUA AGRIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Missouri -Kansas City  & University of Nottingham* May 2013 34 Purdue University* December 2013 26
Saint Louis University* August 2014 31 University of California Riverside & University of California Irvine June 2015 35
University of Central Florida May 2016 37

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Agria but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the evaluation of the community’s existing water system and design of any necessary improvements will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Water Tank and Pump
Homes with Access to Water : 60%
Water Council : N/A

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Agria but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the implementation of any improvements to the community’s existing water system will follow the Engineering Program’s assessment and start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Water Tank with Pump
Homes with Access to Water : 60%
Water Council : N/A

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Agria but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Agria but has not yet begun with the Public Health Program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of household health infrastructure products will start as soon as feasible.

Homes with Latrines : 80%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 5%
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : N/A

Local Reference Points

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