Cañaveral

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Cañaveral is located in the province of Coclé, west of Panama City. The community is comprised of mostly Latino families. A typical house there is made of concrete blocks. Cañaveral has a primary and secondary school that offer from kindergarten to 12th grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture or unskilled labor. The nearest health facility is in the provincial capital of Penonome, which means community members must wait for a bus and pay each way to visit a health clinic. All of the homes in Cañaveral are connected to a gravity-fed aqueduct, but the water must be rationed in the dry season. 100% of homes in the community have flushing toilets. Cañaveral does not have a community bank that offers savings and loans services.

District: Penonome

Province: Coclé

Homes : 260
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No- closest in Penonome
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with adequate sanitation : 100%
Education : Up to 12th 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 most prevalent illnesses in Cañaveral are common colds, diarrhea, and diabetes.

30

Volunteers

192

Patient Consultations

N/A

Vision Screenings Provided

50

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

The community of Cañaveral 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. Cañaveral will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

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 THE COMMUNITY

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.

114

Number of Dental Patients

24

Number of Extractions

33

Fluoride Treatments

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

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

Local Reference Points

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