HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
The community of Curtí currently has a health post (puesto de salud) attended by a nurse. When there is only a nurse available and a community member needs to see a doctor or dentist, they must travel the to Torti, the nearest town with a full health center where doctors and occasionally dentists are on staff. The trip by bus can take 25 minutes, but visitors to the health center can expect long wait times given the limited staff and resources to meet the demand from all neighboring communities. The most common illnesses found throughout the community are the common cold, fever, and diarrhea. The children are especially affected by parasites. Close to half of the population or more have pit latrines, but almost all are in the Latino part of the community while the indigenous traditional homes are generally more basic.
Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be transitioning to a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program (ACeS) so that communities like Curtí can receive health support and resources consistently without the arrival of brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.