Buenos Aires

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


Buenos Aires is located in West Panama in the district of Chame. The typical house is made of cement blocks or bricks. Children in the community typically attend school up until the 9th grade. The current water system in the community is a well and the community has a water committee in place. Most of the community members work in land agriculture or some labor position. The top needs expressed by Buenos Aires’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include labor stability, access to water, and improvements in dental health.

Corregimiento: Buenos Aires

Province: Panamá Oeste

Homes : 1000
Population : 2500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : No
Health Post : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 95
Education : Up to 9th grade
Distance from Panama Office : 62 kilometers


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


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 Buenos Aires, we see that the top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are the common cold, diarrhea, and lice.


Brigade Volunteers


Patient Consultations


Number of Dental Patients


Number of Extractions




The community of Buenos Aires 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. Buenos Aires 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.


Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Ohio State University Medical May 2016 36 University of Virginia Medical January 2017 21
Albion College Medical December 2018 22


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


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.


Patient Consultations


Fluoride Treatments


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Buenos Aires 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 :
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Water Council :


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Buenos Aires but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank :
Community Bank Members :
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Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Buenos Aires 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 :
Homes with Eco-Stoves :
Homes with Water FIlters :
Common House Materials :