Altos de Estiquirín

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

Overview

Altos de Estiquirín is located within the municipality of Nacaome in the department of Valle in southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access to education up to sixth grade. There is no water system within the community. Most of the community members work in agriculture, especially in corn production. The top needs expressed by Alto de Estiquirín’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include a potable water system and in-home public health infrastructure.

Municipality: Nacaome
Department: Valle

Homes : 87
Population : 400
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : No
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 25%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 45 min

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 in the community of Altos de Estiquirín. If community members need to seek medical attention, they must walk six kilometers to the nearest CESAR in El Tular. The most common illnesses reported by community members in Altos de Estiquirín include arterial hypertension, a chronic cough, and the common cold.

165

Brigade Volunteers

1468

Patient Consulations

31

Vision Screenings Provided

44

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Altos de Estiquirín currently has access to eight 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 Altos de Estiquirín 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 four classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 367 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of fourteen educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 220
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: CHILCAL, El SAUCITO, LA CUESTA
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN ALTOS DE ESTIQUIRÍN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Rice University May 2014 33 Owings Mills & UC Berkeley June 2015 N/A
Penn State University January 2016 35 Case Western Reserve University Medical & Maryville University Medical & Wake Forest Medical School Medical May 2018 32
Cornell University Medical & Johns Hopkins University Medical May 2019 24

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.

46

Patient Consultations

49

Number of Extractions

49

Fillings Performed

6

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Altos de Estiquirín 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 four classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 367 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of fourteen educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 367
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: CHILCAL, El SAUCITO, LA CUESTA
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN ALTOS DE ESTIQUIRÍN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Rice University May 2014 33 Owings Mills & UC Berkeley June 2015 N/A
Penn State University January 2016 35 Case Western Reserve University Medical & Maryville University Medical & Wake Forest Medical School Medical May 2018 32
Cornell University Medical & Johns Hopkins University Medical May 2019 24

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Altos de Estiquirín and has made important progress in completing the crucial milestone of designing of the community’s water system. A reliable source of clean water has been identified and construction will begin once a partner organization is identified and materials have been acquired. This water solution is designed to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

18

Brigade Volunteers

400

Beneficiaries

5.5

Kilometer of pipeline designed

12

Average community volunteers

Water System : No
Type of System : N/A
Homes with Access to Water : None
Water Council : Yes

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN ALTOS DE ESTIQUIRÍN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of California Irvine Engineering & University of Warwick Engineering September 2017 18

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

ALTOS DE ESTIQUIRÍN WATER CHALLENGE

Global Brigades hopes to foster a partnership with the organization Agrolibano to create a water system in the community of Altos de Estiquirín. The community does not currently have a water system and because of this is limited to using water from a nearby well and river. Regardless of family size community members are limited to 15 gallons of water. 15 gallons is far from enough for a family’s daily drinking, cleaning, cooking and other needs. Water from the well and river tends to be parasitic and has contributed to many issues such as chronic kidney diseases. In addition to the lack of water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in Altos de Estiquirin are dire. 

N/A

Brigade Volunteers

400

Project Beneficiaries

15000

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

Water System : No
Type of System : N/A
Homes with Access to Water : None
Water Council : Yes

ALTOS DE ESTIQUIRÍN WATER SOLUTION

Global Brigades has through its engineering program and the University of Warwicks engineering brigade mapped and created a plan for the community’s water system. This water solution will be a well with a pump system that will be collected into a 15,000 gallon storage tank and 1.5 kilometers of piping to connect the system directly to all 90 homes in the community. Global Brigades hopes to begin this water project September 2019

WATER BRIGADES IN ALTOS DE ESTIQUIRÍN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Altos de Estiquirín 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 : 24
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 Altos de Estiquirín 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 : 25%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 25%
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe

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