Agua Frias #2

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. There is a school in Aguas Frias #2 that offers kindergarten to 9th grade. For high school, children must travel to a different community. Most of the community members work in agriculture or cattle ranching. There is no health clinic in Aguas Frias #2. For health services, families must travel either to Sante Fe or Tortí which are 30-60 minutes away by bus. All of the homes in Aguas Frias #2 are connected to a gravity-fed aqueduct. However, in the rainy season the water arrives dirty and households must filter it, and in the dry season the water supply must be rationed. There is a commercial bank in Aguas Frias #2 that offers savings and loans services. There are a few small businesses and restaurants in the community. Three of the top needs expressed by Aguas Frias #2 was clean water, better access to health services and latrines.

Corregimiento: Agua Fria

District: Chepigana

Province: Darien

Homes : 600
Population : 1200
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No- commercial bank nearby
Electricity : Yes
Health Post : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with an adequate sanitation service : 5%
Education : Up to 9th 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 most common illnesses are the common cold, fever, and cough.

323

Volunteers

2326

Patient Consultations

31

Number of Vision Screenings

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 VOLUNTEERS IN AGUAS FRIAS #2

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Johns Hopkins University Medical Brigade May 2012 21 University of Dayton Medical Brigade January 2013 39
University of Colorado Boulder Medical Brigade May 2013 31 Vanderbilt University Medical Brigade March 2014 37
City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College Medical Brigade August 2014 31 Rutgers University Medical Brigade May 2015 36
Maryville University/ Otterbein University Medical Brigade May 2016 27 University of Maryland Baltimore County Medical Brigade January 2017 31
University of Texas Dallas Medical August 2018 39
Indiana University & University of South Florida Medical Brigade May 2019 31

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.

328

Number of Dental Patients

164

Fluoride Treatments

108

Extractions

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN AGUAS FRIAS #2

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Johns Hopkins University Medical Brigade May 2012 21 University of Dayton Medical Brigade January 2013 39
University of Colorado Boulder Medical Brigade May 2013 31 Vanderbilt University Medical Brigade March 2014 37
City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College Medical Brigade August 2014 31 Rutgers University Medical Brigade May 2015 36
Maryville University/ Otterbein University Medical Brigade May 2016 27 University of Maryland Baltimore County Medical Brigade January 2017 31
University of Texas Dallas Medical August 2018 39
Indiana University & University of South Florida Medical Brigade May 2019 31

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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