Arreti

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

Overview

Arreti is located in the Darien, in the eastern part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks, bricks, or wood. Children in the community typically attend school up until 9th grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture and fishing. The closest health facility is the Metetí Health Center which is over 20 minutes away. The community currently has access to a water system.

Corregimiento: Rio Iglesias

Province: Darien

Homes : 150
Population : 600
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 70%
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 Arreti, we see that the top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are cold, diarrhea, diabetes.

198

Volunteers

879

Patient Consultations

257

Dental Patients

10

Adult Charlas

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Arreti 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. Arreti 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.

VOLUNTEERS IN ARRETI

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
California State University San Marcos/University of Missouri Medical Brigades May 2013 35 Wayne State University Medical Brigades February 2014 25
University of Miami Medical Brigades May 2015 35 California State University East Bay Medical Brigades June 2016 32
New Hampshire Area Medical Brigades May 2017 31 University of Virginia/Ohio University/Milwaukee Medical Brigade January 2019 25
State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Medical Brigade May 2019 33

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.

257

Number of Dental Patients

121

Fluoride Treatments

82

Number of Extractions

10

Charlas

VOLUNTEERS IN ARRETI

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
California State University San Marcos/University of Missouri Medical Brigades May 2013 35 Wayne State University Medical Brigades February 2014 25
University of Miami Medical Brigades May 2015 35 California State University East Bay Medical Brigades June 2016 32
New Hampshire Area Medical Brigades May 2017 31 University of Virginia/Ohio University/Milwaukee Medical Brigade January 2019 25
State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Medical Brigade May 2019 33

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Arreti 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 Arreti 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 Arreti 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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