Bijagual

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

Overview

Bijagual is located in the province of Coclé, in the western part of Panama. A typical house in this community is made of cement blocks or zinc sheets. Bijagual has a school that offers kindergarten to 9th grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture, farming rice. The nearest health center is 15 minutes away walking. Bijagual has a turbine aqueduct that functions well. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to healthcare, roads, and security.

District: Antón

Province: Coclé

Homes : 90
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 20%
Education : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of economic growth, this growth doesn’t necessarily apply to 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.

The 3 most prevalent illnesses the Bijagual as identified by community members are asthma, colds, and conjunctivitis.

30

Volunteers

142

Patient Consultations

21

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Bijagual 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. Bijagual 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 BIJAGUAL

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Texas El Paso & Whittier College Medical Brigade June 2019 30

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.

78

Number of Dental Patients

7

Number of Extractions

21

Health Education Workshops

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN BIJAGUAL

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Texas El Paso & Whittier College Medical Brigade June 2019 30

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

BIJAGUAL’S WATER CHALLENGE

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

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

BIJAGUAL’S PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE

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