La Cuesta

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

Overview

La Cuesta is located within the municipality of Nacaome in the department of Valle in southern Honduras. Children in the community have access to a centro básico, or up to ninth grade. There is currently a gravity water system. Most of the community members work in agriculture and cattle raising. The top needs expressed by La Cuesta’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are health, water, and a communal center.

Municipality: Nacaome
Department: Valle

Homes : 300
Population : 2100
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 67%
Education : Up to 9th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : N/A

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.

In the initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in La Cuesta mentioned health care was a need. The most common illnesses seen in children and adults are flu, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, hypertensiotn, diabetes, and arthritis. There is a CESAR in La Cuesta that community members can access.

177

Volunteers

1,313

Patient Consulations

N/A

Vision Screenings Provided

90

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of La Cuesta 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. La Cuesta will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in La Cuesta attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in La Cuesta’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s nine classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 263
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: El Tempisque, La Ceibita, Los Socios, Monte Oscuro

VOLUNTEERS BRIGADES IN LA CUESTA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Chicago Brigades (Loyola) Medical Brigade January 2013 29 University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade & University of North Carolina Wilmington Medical Brigade December 2013 44
Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical Brigade July 2014 30 Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical Brigade July 2015 40
Central Michigan University Medical Brigade March 2019 34

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.

82

Patient Consultations

72

Number of Extractions

N/A

Fillings Performed

13

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in La Cuesta attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in La Cuesta’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s nine classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 263
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: El Tempisque, La Ceibita, Los Socios, Monte Oscuro

VOLUNTEERS BRIGADES IN LA CUESTA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Chicago Brigades (Loyola) Medical Brigade January 2013 29 University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade & University of North Carolina Wilmington Medical Brigade December 2013 44
Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical Brigade July 2014 30 Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical Brigade July 2015 40
Central Michigan University Medical Brigade March 2019 34

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LA CUESTA’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

The community of Cuesta Grande currently has a water system that is not able to meet the needs of the growing community. The gravity system was originally constructed in 1984 and utilizes two water sources but most of the components are in very poor condition. Water only arrives through the system once a week at a very insufficient low rate.

20

Volunteers

814

Project Beneficiaries

7.3

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

30,000

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

LA CUESTA’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION

When Global Brigades began to work in La Cuesta they knew it was crucial that a new water system be constructed so that community members would have sufficient access to water in order to stay healthy and happy. The water systems design was completed with the help of an engineering brigade. The new system will be a ground water system with an above ground pump. The water will be pumped to a 30,000 gallon water tank that will will connect directly to an estimated 220 households with 8 kilometers of piping

VOLUNTEERS IN LAS CUESTA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Central Florida Engineering Brigade May 2019 20

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Cuesta 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.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : No

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Cuesta 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 : 0
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : Corner Stores

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Cuesta 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 : N/A
Homes with Eco-Stoves : N/A
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : N/A

Local Reference Points

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