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.

33

Brigade Volunteers

220

Patient Consulations

8

PAP Smears Performed

14

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 220 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

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.

N/A

Patient Consultations

N/A

Fluoride Treatments

N/A

Fillings Performed

N/A

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 220 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

Engineering

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 Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, a reliable source of clean water will be identified as soon as feasible, followed by the design of a water solution sufficient to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

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

Water

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 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.

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

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

Local Reference Points

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