Anita

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

Overview

Anita is located in the mountainous region of northern Nicaragua in the department of Jinotega. A typical house is made of wood. The community has access to a local health center 6 kilometers away as well as a multigrade primary school. 127 students attend the primary school with 4 teachers and 4 classrooms. The primary school goes up to grade six, and there is no secondary school located in Anita.  Most people in the community work as agricultural and coffee laborers.

Global Brigades is currently working with the Business Program in Anita. In their communication with Global Brigades, the top three needs expressed were access to clean water, access to public health infrastructure, and access to health care. Anita is on the waitlist for continuing Holistic Model implementation as part of Global Brigades’ strategic plan in Nicaragua.

Municipality: Jinotega

Department: Jinotega

Homes : 44
Population : 170
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 20%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hr and 30 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Healthcare access in Nicaragua is structured by the Ministry of Health, based in the capital, Managua. From there, each of the fifteen departments has it’s own department hospital, which is overseen by the SILAIS administrations (Sistema Local de Atención Integral en Salud). At a municipality level, there is a health center (Centro de Salud) for every municipality within the department. While they are not hospitals, health centers in the municipality are typically staffed with one doctor, and two nurses, that can attend patients with chronic, communicable, or noncommunicable diseases, as well as pregnancies. They however, do not have the ability to perform surgeries. Lastly, most but not all communities have a Puesto de Salud, a smaller health center. These health centers are usually staffed with only one nurse and a rotating physician. Physicians are staffed in these health centers by Nicaragua’s Social Service. This is an initiative that requires Nicaraguan medical students to do two years of service in rural communities prior to graduating.  The physician density in Nicaragua is approximately 1,099 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. This density is significantly lower for the 40.6% of the population that lives in rural areas. It is for this reason that Nicaragua’s Social Service initiative brings medical students to these communities. However, access remains limited since these training physicians may be assigned to up to fifteen communities at a time.  

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS:

While medical access is low, dental access is even more sparing. Dental services are not available within the community health centers, or even the municipality health centers. Instead, if a patient was needing dental care, they would be required to travel to one of the country’s fifteen department hospitals. This could be up to a 2-3 hour bus ride, with many needing to first walk or horseback ride to the bus stop.

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Anita but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of a water system infrastructure, or repairs to existing infrastructure will start as soon as feasible.

 

 

Water System : No
Type of Water System : Spring/ Waterholes
% of Homes with Access to Water : 100
Water Council : Yes

ANITA WATER CHALLENGE:

Currently, there is an intention of partnership with the Municipality of Jinotega in order to build the water system in 2019. Access to water is very complicated for the community members, as well as the sanitation conditions are unsafe for the community members.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

In February 2018, Global Brigades started working with the community bank, La Esperanza, in the community of Anita. The community has had several community bank follow-ups with the Global Brigades team. As of recent, the community bank has 19 members.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Anita 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.

% of Homes with Latrines : 20
% of Homes with Showers : 0
% of Homes with Washing Station : 1
Common House Materials : Wood

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