Agua Fria Mineral

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

Overview

Agua Fria Mineral is located within the municipality of Danli in the department of El Paraiso in Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe, wood, and zinc. Children in the community have access up to 6th grade. The community has a gravity water system in need of improvement due to disorganization in the conduction lines. Most of the community members work in agriculture and coffee growing. The top needs expressed by Agua Mineral Fria‘s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are improvement of the water system and improvement of the school building.

Municipality: Danli
Department: El Paraiso

Homes : 120
Population : 450
Electricity : Yes
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Health Center : No- nearest one in Jesus Aguilar
Community Health Workers : N/A
Homes with latrines : 81%
Education : Up to 6th grade

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.

Community members in Agua Fria Mineral have access to the CESAMO located in the nearest community of Jesus Aguilar. Although the CESAMO has a medical staff that provides consultation, it usually lacks medication. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in El Olingo reported that the most common illnesses seen in kids are flu diarrhea, and allergies, and in adults are diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of Agua Fria Mineral does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. Agua Fria Mineral will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.

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.

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Fria Mineral 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

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Fria Mineral 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 : Gravity
Houses connected to system : 98%
Water council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Agua Fria Mineral’s community bank, named San Cristobal, was established in August 2005 and finished its registration process during the same year. Global Brigades partnered with Agua Fria Mineral’s community bank in September 2020 and the bank received its first Merkel Loan in December 2020. Global Brigades is actively working on the community bank member training and leadership council training.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Agua Fria Mineral 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.

: 81%
Houses with ecos-stoves : N/A
Houses with water filters : 99%
Common House materials : Adobe, Zinc

Local Reference Points

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