Copal Arriba

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

Overview

Copal Arriba is located within the municipality of Choluteca in the department of Choluteca in southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access to education up to sixth grade. Most of the community members work either in agriculture or as day laborers. The top needs expressed by Copal Arriba’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include access to health care and improvements to the community’s existing water infrastructure.

Municipality: Choluteca
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 210
Population : 1,080
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 60%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 35 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

The Honduran government provides two different types of health centers throughout rural Honduras: Centros de Salud Médico Odontológico (CESAMOs) and Centros de Salud Rural (CESARs). CESAMOs are the larger of the two, often found in municipalities, and typically have at least one physician on staff at all times with nurses and potentially a dentist. CESARs are found sporadically in rural communities and generally have a single nurse available. Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available in these health centers and the physician density in Honduras remains around 1,220 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.

There is a CESAMO located in Copal Arriba. There, community members are able to access a nurse that is permanently stationed in the community. The most common illnesses reported by community members are respiratory infections, the common cold, diarrhea, dengue, diabetes, and arterial hypertension.

103

Brigade Volunteers

2,337

Patient Consulations

97

PAP Smears Performed

41

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of Copal Arriba does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. Copal Arriba will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Copal Arriba attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s six classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 779 patients and performs an average of 57 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of five educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 779
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: FRAY LÁZARO, LOS HATILLOS, COYOL DE LINACA, SAN SANTOS DE LINACA, CERRO DEL TRAPICHE, LA PICOTA, PLANTELES DE SAN MARTÍN, LAS CAÑAS, SAN MARTÍN
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN COPAL ARRIBA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Illinois Wesleyan University June 2015 38 Brown University January 2016 30
Mississippi State University & University of Arizona March 2017 35

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.

90

Patient Consultations

N/A

Fluoride Treatments

86

Fillings Performed

14

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Copal Arriba attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s six classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 779 patients and performs an average of 57 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of five educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 779
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: FRAY LÁZARO, LOS HATILLOS, COYOL DE LINACA, SAN SANTOS DE LINACA, CERRO DEL TRAPICHE, LA PICOTA, PLANTELES DE SAN MARTÍN, LAS CAÑAS, SAN MARTÍN
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN COPAL ARRIBA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Illinois Wesleyan University June 2015 38 Brown University January 2016 30
Mississippi State University & University of Arizona March 2017 35

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

COPAL ARRIBA’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

A portion of the homes in Copal Arriba were lacking access to the community’s water system. However, the homes with access only had access to water every 4 days because of the lack of access from the water source. The households without access to water from the water system have been receiving water from small hand dug wells and creeks in the community with poor sanitation. These wells are 50 feet deep. There are also many other poor hygienic and sanitary conditions in Copal Arriba such as a lack of water storage units and eco-stoves.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : 40%
Water Council : Yes

COPAL ARRIBA’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION

In 2016, Global Brigades partnered with the Water Council of Copal Arriba to take initial steps toward completing a water project and meet the need for the 62 community members without water in Copal Arriba. In January of 2016, University of Missouri and Saint Louis University designed a complete system to support the water needs of Copal Arriba. The system is a pump system, which includes a 10,000-gallon storage tank and 4,044 meters of piping. The water system will also have water meters for all 62 houses and the community is fundraising for the tank.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN COPAL ARRIBA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Missouri January 2016 10 Saint Louis University January 2016 3

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

WATER CHALLENGE IN COPAL ARRIBA

While two sectors of Copal Arriba already have in-home access to water, one sector, which consists of about 62 households, does not. Of the two sectors with water, there are two 5,000 gallon water tanks; one is supplied with water from a well and the other is supplied with water from a gravity system. In the third sector of Copal Arriba, there are two manual public wells and one manual private well. The private well holds about 3,000 gallons and replenishes every 12 hours at about 4.1 gallons per minute. However, the two public wells do not provide water during the dry season.  As a result, many community members in the third sector of Copal Arriba are unable to consistently access clean and sufficient water. Since community members access water from wells, not everyone adequately treats this water, exacerbating health issues in the community.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : 40%
Water Council : Yes

COPAL ARRIBA WATER SOLUTION

After completing a formal study, Global Brigades presented the community with an engineering plan for a new water system. In order to ensure that everyone in the community has access to clean and sufficient water, Global Brigades plans to construct a 10,000 gallon tank, which will meet the water needs of the entire community. This tank will serve not only for water storage but also for water treatment. The water for this tank will be supplied from a well, which will be about 35 feet deep, with a pump system that Global Brigades also intends to construct and install. From the tank, water will be distributed to individual households through a conduction line, supplying the maximum daily demand of 30-35 gallons per minute.

Construction will start as soon as feasible.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Copal Arriba 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 : No
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Copal Arriba 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 : 60%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : None
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe

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