El Entradero

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

El Entradero is located in the province of Coclé, west of Panama City. The community is comprised of mostly Latino families. A typical house there is made of concrete blocks. Most of the community members work in agriculture. El Entradero has a primary school that offers from kindergarten to 6th grade. For middle- and high-school, children must walk 20-30 minutes to the community of San Juan de Dios. The nearest health facility is also in San Juan de Dios, which means community members must either walk or pay for a bus to visit a health clinic. All of the homes in El Entradero are connected to a gravity-fed aqueduct, but the water must be rationed sometimes in the dry season. All homes in El Entradero have adequate toilets or latrines. El Entradero does not have a community bank that offers savings and loans services. The top needs expressed by the community were better security, improvements to the water system, and better access to health services.

District: Antón

Province: Coclé

Homes : 320
Population : 2000
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No- closest in San Juan de Dios
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with adequate sanitation : 100%
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 economic growth, this growth doesn’t necessarily apply to 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 prevalent illnesses in El Entradero are common colds, diabetes, and renal failure.

68

Volunteers

631

Patient Consultations

N/A

Vision Screenings Provided

31

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

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

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

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Arkansas Medical Brigade March 2019 43 University of Maryland Medical Brigade August 2019 25

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.

345

Number of Dental Patients

94

Number of Extractions

230

Fluoride Treatments

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Arkansas Medical Brigade March 2019 43 University of Maryland Medical Brigade August 2019 25

Local Reference Points

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