HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
La Naranja is a community located in the municipality of San Rafel del Norte in the mountainous region of Jinotega. They have a local health center located five kilometers away, however, medications are supplied only occasionally. At times the public health center is not stocked completely because the resources are dependent on the funding available from the government. There is no access to private pharmacies.
Based on Global Brigades Rapid Needs Assessment the top three illnesses in children are: respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and fevers. For adults, common illnesses are chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as asthma, and kidney infections. Without access to trained health care professionals and medications, chronic diseases can go unmanaged, leading to further health problems. Acute illnesses can also be severe, and affect quality of life.
*These statistics represent brigades in the community of Sisle, where community members from La Naranja attend Medical Brigades.