El Chaparro, Olancho

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


El Chaparro is located within the municipality of Juticalpa in the department of Olancho in eastern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe, cement blocks, bricks, and zinc. Children in the community have access to up to 6th grade. The community has a gravity water system that is in need of improvement. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by El Chaparro‘s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are electricity, a kindergarten, and a community bank.

Municipality: Juticalpa
Department: Olancho

Homes : 70
Population : 300
Electricity : No
Water system : Yes
Community bank : N/A
Health Center : N/A
Community Health Workers : N/A
Homes with latrines : 29%
Education : up to 6th grade
Distance to lodging facility (km) : 13


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


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.

During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in El Chaparro reported that the most common illnesses seen in kids are flu, cough, and diarrhea, and in adults respiratory illnesses, and high blood pressure.




Patient Consultations


Vision Screenings


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

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.


Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Marina High School April 2021 28 University of Colorado Boulder Medical May 2021 22
Texas A&M University Medical June 2021 35 Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine July 2021 25
Moravian University Medical September 2021 20


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


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.


Dental patients




Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Water System : Yes
Type of system : Gravity
Homes with access to water : 100%
Water council : Yes


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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


Community bank : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : Kiosks

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Chaparro 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 : 29%
Homes with eco-stoves : N/A
Homes with water filters : N/A
Common House Materials : adobe, cement blocks and bricks

Local Reference Points

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