La Corneta

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

Overview

La Corneta is located in the mountainous region of central Nicaragua. The community has access to a local health center 500 meters away and a multigrade primary school. 60 students attend the primary school with three teachers and two classrooms. The primary school goes up to the age of twelve, and there is no secondary school located in La Corneta. Most people in the community work as agricultural laborers.

Global Brigades is currently working with the Public Health Program in La Corneta. Before the Public Health and Water program were implemented in La Corneta, the top three needs expressed were: lack of latrines or properly functioning latrines, limited access to potable water, and reduced agricultural activity due to lack of water. La Corneta is on the wait-list for continuing Holistic Model implementation as part of Global Brigades’ strategic plan in Nicaragua.

Municipality: Sébaco

Department: Matagalpa

Homes : 110
Population : 395
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 80%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1.5 hrs

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

La Corneta is a community located in the municipality of Sébaco in the mountainous region of Matagalpa. They have a local health center located in 500 meters. 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 three illnesses in children are: parasites and diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, and poor nutrition. For adults, common illnesses are chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, nutrition, parasites, and fever. 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.

68

Brigade Volunteers

1102

Patient Consultations

89

Pap Smears Performed

19

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER:

La Corneta has 12 Community Health Workers (CHWs) that are trained by the Ministry of Health and supported by Global Brigades to monitor the conditions of chronic patients. In this community, Global Brigades is establishing a partnership with the Ministry of Health and is looking forward to providing these CHWs blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, glucometers, and first aid kits, to facilitate more impactful work.

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical Brigades in La Corneta will be in the community health center and one room of the community house. This location has four small rooms, and two large for triage, consultation, dentistry and pharmacy stations. The average amount of patients seen per day is 183 patients per day.

La Corneta offers strong support on Medical Brigades from the community volunteers. One way the 12 Community Health Workers, who serve as volunteers in the mobile clinic, assist is by running intake. Intake is the very first station of the clinic and is where the community volunteers write the patient’s name, date of birth, community, and identification number. Additionally, community volunteers manage clinic organization. They set up tables and chairs in the clinic prior to brigade’s arrival as well as direct patients to the next medical station, once the clinic has opened for the day. Lastly, community volunteers lead adult health education sessions on sanitation and hygiene, chronic diseases, contraception, Women’s health, and water purification. La Corneta’s community volunteers are essential the efficiency and effectiveness of Medical Brigades.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED PER DAY: 183

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL SALTO, CHILAMATE, LLANO REDONDO, EL CHAGUITE, SAN JOSE DE UMURE, LAS MESAS

BRIGADE SITE: HEALTH CENTER, AND COMMUNITY HOUSE

MEDICAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Dayton University January 2017 65 Ball State University/ Colorado State University May 2017 36

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS:

In 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 dentists within a reasonable distance.

178

Patients Consultations

241

Flouride Treatments

105

Fillings Performed

30

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Dental Brigades use the community health center as their brigade site. The health center is suitable for brigades and running mobile clinics. Dental Brigades use of one room in the health center. Dentists send an average of 10 minutes with each patient and we are able to provide 4-5 educational workshops a day. Each brigade sees an average of 30 patients per day.

La Corneta offers strong support on Dental Brigades from the community volunteers. One way the 12 Community Health Workers, who serve as volunteers in the mobile clinic, assist is by running intake. Intake is the very first station of the clinic and is where the community volunteers write the patient’s name, date of birth, community, and identification number. Additionally, community volunteers manage clinic organization. They set up tables and chairs in the clinic prior to brigade’s arrival as well as direct patients to the next medical station, once the clinic has opened for the day. Lastly, community volunteers lead adult health education sessions on oral health and hygiene. La Corneta’s community volunteers are essential the efficiency and effectiveness of Dental Brigades.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 30

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL SALTO, CHILAMATE, LLANO REDONDO, EL CHAGUITE, SAN JOSE DE UMURE, LAS MESAS

BRIGADE SITE: HEALTH CENTER

DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Dayton University January 2017 65 Ball State University/ Colorado State University May 2017 36

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LA CORNETA WATER CHALLENGE:

Prior to Global Brigades involvement, La Corneta had two main public wells being used by community members. One well required community members, typically women and children, to walk to receive water. This meant carrying buckets, many times over long distances to have water daily. Additionally, the quality of the water was often not adequate for drinking.

Later in 2013, the local municipality added a distribution line and a storage tank to one of the wells to bring water directly to community members homes. However, three months after completing the project, problems related to the water flow to most of the houses occurred due to improper location of the well, and the onset of drought. Ultimately the water flow was not strong enough to reach approximately 65% of the homes.

994

Water Brigade Volunteers

252

Meters of Piping Installed

100

%

Percentage of System Completed

330

Project Beneficiaries

WATER SOLUTION: 

In February 2016, a partnership between La Corneta, Global Brigades Nicaragua, the Municipality of Sebaco, and AVODEC was officially formed. In order to plan a water system custom-designed for La Corneta, the land was first surveyed by a contracted AVODEC technician. When the technician asked La Corneta community members about other potentially usable water sources, members of the community pointed to another well dug twenty years ago that by accident, had been obstructed by a rock, leaving the community members without further use.

With this and the land survey in mind, it was determined that the best fit for La Corneta would be to first clear the well of the obstruction and then build off of it a submersible electric pump and storage tank. The submersible electric pump was deemed necessary to pump water to houses at higher elevations, however, La Corneta did not have electricity at the time. Instead of letting that stop La Corneta from receiving water, Adela Altamirano Gutierrez (featured above) marched to the mayor’s office and negotiated for electricity to be brought to La Corneta, in order to install the electric portion of the water system. The system was then connected to the distribution network of the original system constructed by the municipal government back in 2013. In total, the construction of La Corneta’s new water system cost $28,000 USD. Of this, the community financially supported with 12% of the funding, the Municipality of Sebaco with 11%, AVODEC with 13%, and Global Brigades with 61%. Outside of these funds, it should be recognized that the approximate value of the land that was donated by two community members for the storage tank and water source is $4,000 USD. Additionally, the cost of labor donated by each family has a total value of $2,604 USD.

In addition to construction, La Corneta mobilized to form a CAPS (Comité de Agua Potable y Sanitación/ Water and Sanitation Committee). Over the course of four months of construction, 994 Global Brigades volunteers worked alongside the committee and community members to construct a system that now reaches 83 families and 415 beneficiaries. Before the project’s completion, a capacity test of the well was completed and demonstrated an average of 29.3 gallons per minute.The celebration of this system’s water inauguration was September 13th, 2016.

In the interest of sustainability, the five members of the CAPS were trained on water treatment and system maintenance, administration, and operation, so they can continue adequately managing the water system. La Corneta has also established a monthly water fee in order to pay the CAPS for water treatment, maintenance costs, and system sustainability.

WATER BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Oakland University May 2016 21 Florida Gulf Coast University May 2016 33
Western University May 2016 21 University of Cincinnati May 2016 22
University of South Florida May 2016 12 Temple University May 2016 26
University of North Carolina at Wilmington May 2016 7 Oklahoma State University May 2016 47
University of Colorado Boulder May 2016 11 University of Colorado Boulder May 2016 53
The University of Arizona May 2016 2 Oglethorpe University May 2016 11
Colorado State University May 2016 15 University of Pennsylvania May 2016 14
University of Connecticut May 2016 33 University of Puget Sound May 2016 4
Louisiana State University May 2016 5 Case Western Reserve University May 2016 27
Rutgers University-New Brunswick May 2016 24 University of Missouri–Kansas City May 2016 16
Davidson College May 2016 4 University of California Berkeley May 2016 7
Stony Brook University May 2016 32 University of Houston May 2016 42
Boston College May 2016 34 Oakton Community College May 2016 31
Chapman University May 2016 40 University of Virginia June 2016 22
San Jose State University May 2016 30 Temple University School of Medicine June 2016 25
San Diego State University June 2016 10 CUNY Brooklyn College June 2016 21
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine June 2016 14 Brooklyn College June 2016 21
University of Washington June 2016 29 CSU Bakersfield June 2016 16
University of California Los Angeles June 2016 23 University of California San Diego June 2016 37
University of California-Riverside June 2016 42

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LA CORNETA BUSINESS CHALLENGE:

The majority of the population are agricultural laborers. La Corneta does not have access to any cooperative or community bank. The opportunities for employment and sources of income are seasonal and dependent on the agricultural conditions of the season.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LA CORNETA PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE:

The community faces numerous public health challenges with limited infrastructure in their homes. Only 11% of homes have concrete floors as opposed to mud or dirt floors. Furthermore, 40% of homes do not have access to showers. 96% of homes have traditional stoves, which means that the majority of homes have an overaccumulation of smoke. Although 80% of homes have latrines, only 20% of those latrines are functioning. Additionally, the community does not have sufficient methods of waste disposal. The river (where people bathe) is contaminated with waste and agricultural chemicals.

502

Brigade Volunteers

53

Sanitary Stations Constructed

9

Eco-Stoves Constructed

980

Meters Squared of Concrete Floors

LA CORNETA  PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTION:

The community has large public health needs. Each family will be given the opportunity to receive a sanitary station (latrine, water storage tank and shower), concrete floors and an eco-stove. The number of projects each family will receive depends on which the family desires and what they can afford. As part of our development plan, families are required to financially contribute to 15-33% of the cost of the projects to encourage ownership and buy-in. For a sanitary unit this equals approximately $67 USD, eco-stoves $40 USD, and for concrete floors, $1.5 USD per square meter.

To ensure the sustainability of the in-home infrastructure projects, the Public Health Program provides continuous follow-up in the community. It also partners with the Basic Sanitation Committee, a community body formed by local leaders which monitors the correct usage and maintenance of the new infrastructure. Clear responsibilities and powers are assigned to each member, making the beneficiaries themselves an even stronger stakeholder in the Public Health projects.

PUBLIC HEALTH BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Temple University/ Columbia University May 2017 29 University of Arizona May 2017 26
University of Texas San Antonio May 2017 43 University of Minnesota-Rochester May 2017 24
SUNY Stony Brook May 2017 18 University of Colorado Boulder May 2017 11
University of Missouri Kansas City May 2017 11 SUNY Stony Brook May 2017 29
Northern Arizona University May 2017 26 University of Colorado Boulder May 2017/td> 62
University of Virginia/ SUNY Albany May 2017 23 CUNY Brooklyn College June 2017 21
CEGEP Marianopolis June 2017 24 Drexel University/ University of California Riverside June 2017 27
Oregon State University June 2017 33 University of California Santa Barbara June 2017 29
University of California Davis June 2017 26 University of California Riverside June 2017 40

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