El Cano

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

Overview

El Cano is located in Cocle, in the western part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks, bricks, or adobe. There is a primary school in El Cano that offers up to 6th grade. To attend secondary school, children must travel outside the community. Most of the community members work in agriculture, skilled and unskilled labor, or tourism. All the homes in El Cano are connected to a well-functioning water system, and about 50% of homes have flushing toilets. Three of the top needs expressed by El Cano are improved water, better health, and better security.

Corregimiento: El Cano

District: Nata

Province: Cocle

Homes : 600
Population : 1100
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Adequate Sanitation : 50% +
Education : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of growth, the continuous growth in the income doesn’t necessarily apply to the economic growth of all Panamanians, especially those in the rural areas. This results in large inequality when it comes to healthcare attention. As a consequence, access to health and dental care is one of the largest challenges for our partner communities. Hospitals and clinics are scarce in the rural areas where we work, and those that are accessible often lack proper staff, equipment, and medication.

The most common illnesses seen within the community are diabetes, the common cold, and vomitting.

323

Volunteers

1835

Patient Consultations

87

Vision Screenings

64

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of El Cano does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Panama Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. El Cano will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

GB Panama’s Medical team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 17 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers.

Some of the future ACeS worker’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Promoting healthy practices and maintaining contact with GB staff about their progress
  • Performing First Aid in the case of an emergency
  • Managing the Patient Referral cases of the community
  • Promoting involvement with other GB programs such as Human Rights, Public Health and Microfinance workshops
  • Recording and monitoring members of their respective communities who:
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a chronic disease
    • Are children under five
      years old.

VOLUNTEERS IN EL CANO

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Kansas Medical Brigade May 2014 49 University of Cardiff/University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade December 2014 37
Maryville University/North Carolina State University Medical Brigade May 2015 36 University of Texas Austin Medical Brigade January 2016 44
University of San Diego Medical Brigade June 2016 30 Rutgers University- New Brunswick Medical Brigade January 2017 32
Purdue University Medical Brigade January 2017 37 Miami University of Ohio/Sherman University Medical Brigade May 2019 30
University of Dayton Medical Brigade January 2020 28

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.

604

Dental Patients

317

Fluoride Treatments

133

Number of Extractions

VOLUNTEERS IN EL CANO

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Kansas Medical Brigade May 2014 49 University of Cardiff/University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade December 2014 37
Maryville University/North Carolina State University Medical Brigade May 2015 36 University of Texas Austin Medical Brigade January 2016 44
University of San Diego Medical Brigade June 2016 30 Rutgers University- New Brunswick Medical Brigade January 2017 32
Purdue University Medical Brigade January 2017 37 Miami University of Ohio/Sherman University Medical Brigade May 2019 30
University of Dayton Medical Brigade January 2020 28

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cano but has not yet begun with the Water Program. If there is a need, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure as soon as feasible.

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cano but has not yet begun with the Business Program. In the planning phase, local staff is working with community members to assess the economic needs of the community, establish a community bank, and identify micro-enterprises that can benefit from on-brigade consultations.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cano but has not yet begun with the Public Health Program. If there is a need, the financing, delivery, and installation of household health infrastructure products will start as soon as feasible.

Local Reference Points

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