Cuesta Grande, SAO – Global Brigades

Cuesta Grande, SAO

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

Overview

Cuesta Grande is located within the municipality of Tatumbla in the department of Francisco Morazan. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access up to 6th grade. The community has an existing water system that is in need of improvement due to a pipeline collapse. Most of the community members work in Agriculture. The top needs expressed by Cuesta Grande‘s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are the improvement of the water system, access to medical and dental brigades, and Public Health projects. 

Municipality: Tatumbla
Department: Francisco Morazan

Homes : 120
Population : 1679
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center :
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with latrines : 12
Education : Up to 6th grade
Distance from lodging facility : 36 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.

Community members in Cuesta Grande have access to the CESAR Dr. Julio Cesar Arita located in their community. Although the CESAR has a medical staff that provides consultation, it usually lacks medication and access to a lab. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in Cuesta Grande reported that the most common illnesses seen in kids are urinary infections, diarrhea, pharyngotonsillitis, and in adults are diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and high blood pressure.

202

Volunteers

2558

Patient Consultations

N/A

Vision Screenings

127

Health Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Cuesta Grande currently has access to 12 Community Health Workers (CHWs). However, these CHWs were not trained by Global Brigades. Our Medical Program is actively working to assess the current CHWs’ knowledge, recruit additional volunteers, and provide supplemental training and certification.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Cuesta Grande 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 3 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 513 patients and performs an average of 42 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 25 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 513
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Macuelizo, La Pradera
BRIGADE SITE: Yes

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN CUESTA GRANDE

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Miami Dade College Medical Brigade December 2011 19 University of Moncton Medical Brigade May 2012 26
University of Arizona Professional Medical Brigade October 2013 16 Albion College Medical Brigade January 2014 31
University of South Florida Medical Brigade May 2014 34 Brown University Medical Brigade January 2015 22
University of Missouri Medical Brigade May 2015 36 Columbia University Medical TeleBrigade & New Jersey Institute of Technology Medical Telebrigade & University of North Carolina Charlotte Medical TeleBrigade March 2021 18

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.

184

Volunteers

299

Patient Consultations

238

Number of extractions

194

Fillings perfomed

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Cuesta Grande 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 3 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 513 patients and performs an average of 42 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 25 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 513
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Macuelizo, La Pradera
BRIGADE SITE: Yes

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN CUESTA GRANDE

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Miami Dade College Medical Brigade December 2011 19 University of Moncton Medical Brigade May 2012 26
University of Arizona Professional Medical Brigade October 2013 16 Albion College Medical Brigade January 2014 31
University of South Florida Medical Brigade May 2014 34 Brown University Medical Brigade January 2015 22
University of Missouri Medical Brigade May 2015 36

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, a reliable source of clean water will be identified as soon as feasible, followed by the design of a water solution sufficient to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

OR

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the evaluation of the community’s existing water system and design of any necessary improvements will start as soon as feasible.

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

OR

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the implementation of any improvements to the community’s existing water system will follow the Engineering Program’s assessment and start as soon as feasible.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible.

OR

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in [COMMUNITY] 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.

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