El Cordoncillo

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

Overview

El Cordoncillo is located within the municipality of Yuscarán in the department of El Paraíso in central Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access to education up to sixth grade. The community has its own water system, but it is very old. For this reason, the pipes frequently break and a number of homes were never connected to the system. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by El Cordoncillo’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include medical attention, in-home public health infrastructure, and improvements to the community’s water system.

Municipality: Yuscarán
Department: El Paraíso

Homes : 220
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 50%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 22 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.

There is no health center in the community of El Cordoncillo. If community members need to seek medical attention, they must walk ten kilometers to the nearest CESAMO in Yuscarán. The most common illnesses reported by community members include respiratory infections, GI infections, the common cold, arterial hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis.

140

Brigade Volunteers

1,699

Patient Consulations

30

PAP Smears Performed

51

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

El Cordoncillo currently has access to two Community Health Workers (CHWs). However, these CHWs were not trained by Global Brigades. Our Medical Program is actively working to assess the current CHWs’ knowledge, recruit additional volunteers, and provide supplemental training and certification.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Cordoncillo attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s six classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 419 patients and performs an average of 71 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of seven educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 419
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: CORRAL QUEMADO
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL CORDONCILLO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
St. John’s University May 2016 32 Washington University in St. Louis & UNC Chapel Hill March 2017 44
Towson University & University of Ontario Institute of Technology August 2017 24 University of Missouri & Whittier College May 2018 40

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.

 

176

Patient Consultations

248

Fluoride Treatments

115

Fillings Performed

19

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Cordoncillo attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s six classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 419 patients and performs an average of 71 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of seven educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 419
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: CORRAL QUEMADO
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL CORDONCILLO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
St. John’s University May 2016 32 Washington University in St. Louis & UNC Chapel Hill March 2017 44
Towson University & University of Ontario Institute of Technology August 2017 24 University of Missouri & Whittier College May 2018 40

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cordoncillo 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 : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cordoncillo 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 : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cordoncillo but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : 17
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : Basic Grain Cooperative

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Cordoncillo 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 : 50%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 15%
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe

Local Reference Points

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