El Apintal

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

Overview

El Apintal is located within the municipality of Choluteca in the department of Choluteca in southern Honduras. Children in the community have access to primary school. There is a gravity water system currently in place. Most of the community members work in agriculture and in milk and cheese production. The top needs expressed by El Apintal’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include a water system renovation, Public Health infrastructure, and Medical Brigades.

Municipality: Choluteca
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 143
Population : 600
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 0%
Education : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 47 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.

El Apintal mentioned in their original communications with Global Brigades that one of their top needs was medical attention. The most common illnesses reported by community members in El Apintal are respiratory infections, diarrhea, anemia, hypertension, and sight problems.

76

Brigade Volunteers

1894

Patient Consulations

105

PAP Smears Performed

42

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

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

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Apintal attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Apintal’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s 5 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 631 patients and performs an average of 124 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 5 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 631
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Cofradia, El Jocote, El Limon, Las Uvas, San Martin, Las Cañas
BRIGADE SITE: El Apintal Primary School

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL APINTAL

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
King’s College London & Philadelphia Univeristy & Philadelphia University Physician Assistants July 2015 28 University of Ottawa August 2016 19
University of Alabama & North Carolina State University May 2018 29 N/A N/A N/A

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.

371

Patient Consultations

899

Fluoride Treatments

224

Fillings Performed

243

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Apintal attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Apintal’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s 5 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 631 patients and performs an average of 124 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 5 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 631
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Cofradia, El Jocote, El Limon, Las Uvas, San Martin, Las Cañas
BRIGADE SITE: El Apintal Primary School

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL APINTAL

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
King’s College London & Philadelphia Univeristy & Philadelphia University Physician Assistants July 2015 28 University of Ottawa August 2016 19
University of Alabama & North Carolina State University May 2018 29 N/A N/A N/A

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Apintal 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 System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : N/A

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Apintal 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 : N/A

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Apintal 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 : N/A
Economic Activities : N/A
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Apintal 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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