HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
El Hatillo is a community located in the municipality of Jinotega in the mountainous region of Jinotega. They have a local health center located in 10 kilometers. The local health center has medications supplied 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 illnesses in children are parasites and diarrhea, and respiratory infections. For adults, common illnesses are chronic diseases such as hypertension, diarrhea, and joint pain. 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.