Agua Frias #2

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

Overview

Aguas Frias #2 is located in the Darien, in the eastern part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks or bricks. Children in the community typically attend school up until primary school. Most of the community members work in agriculture of cattle ranching. Three of the top needs expressed by Aguas Frias #2 was clean water, better access to health services and latrines.

Corregimiento: Agua Fria

Province: Darien

Homes : 600
Population : 1200
Water System : No
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Post : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 0%
Education : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of growth, the continuous growth in the income doesn’t necessarily apply to the economic growth of all Panamanians, especially those in the rural areas. This results in large inequality when it comes to healthcare attention. As a consequence, access to health and dental care is one of the largest challenges for our partner communities. Hospitals and clinics are scarce in the rural areas where we work, and those that are accessible often lack proper staff, equipment, and medication.

Specifically, in the community of Agua Frias #2, we see that the top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are the common cold, fever, and cough.

97

Brigade Volunteers

643

Patient Consultations

276

Number of Dental Patients

6

Number of Adult Charlas

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Aguas Frias #2 does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Panama Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. Aguas Frias #2 will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

GB Panama’s Medical team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 17 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers.

Some of the future ACeS worker’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Promoting healthy practices and maintaining contact with GB staff about their progress
  • Performing First Aid in the case of an emergency
  • Managing the Patient Referral cases of the community
  • Promoting involvement with other GB programs such as Human Rights, Public Health and Microfinance workshops
  • Recording and monitoring members of their respective communities who:
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a chronic disease
    • Are children under five
      years old.

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN AGUAS FRIAS #2

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Maryville University/ Otterbein University Medical May 2016 27 University of Maryland Baltimore County Medical January 2017 31
University of Texas Dallas Medical August 2018 39

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.

276

Number of Dental Patients

147

Fluoride Treatments

12

Number of Fillings

62

Number of Charlas

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN AGUAS FRIAS #2

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Maryville University/ Otterbein University Medical May 2016 27 University of Maryland Baltimore County Medical January 2017 31
University of Texas Dallas Medical August 2018 39

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Aguas Frias #2 but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Aguas Frias #2 but has not yet begun with the Business Program. In the planning phase, local staff is working with community members to assess the economic needs of the community, establish a community bank, and identify micro-enterprises that can benefit from on-brigade consultations.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Aguas Frias #2 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.

Local Reference Points

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