El Guanacaste

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

Overview

El Guanacaste, Valle de Angeles is located in central Honduras and does not have its own health center. People in El Guanacaste, Valle de Angeles are primarily dedicated to agriculture and day labor.  Global Brigades is currently working with the Medical and Dental Program in El Guanacaste, Valle de Angeles, and implementation of other programs as part of Global Brigades’ strategic plan in Honduras is in the planning stages. The top three needs expresed in El Guanacaste are public health projects, community bank, and Medical Brigades.

Municipality: Valle de Angeles

Department: Francisco Morazan

Homes : 90
Population : 420
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
% of Homes with Latrines : 50%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 24 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 Guanacaste does not has its own health center. Instead, individuals go to the community of Villa de San Francisco. There, the health center is a CESAMO. The most common illnesses are respiratory infections, fever, intestinal infections, hypertension, diabetes, and bone pain.

283

Brigade Volunteers

1,410

Patient Consultations

75

Pap Smears Performed

36

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

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

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Community members in El Guanacaste attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Guanacaste’ school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s 4 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10-15 minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 235 patients and performs an average of 20 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 6 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 235

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Quebrada Grande, El Guayabo

BRIGADE SITE: Primary School

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

 

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Des Moines University March 2012 34 Wellesley College January 2013 36
Cornell University May 2014 N/A Washington University in St. Louis January 2015 48
SUNY New Paltz & SUNY Stony Brook May 2015 62 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill & Washington University in St. Louis March 2017 44
Wayne State University August 2017 29 Illinois Wesleyan University June 2018 30

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE  ACCESS:

In 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 dentist within a reasonable distance.

99

Patient Consultations

185

Flouride Treatments

41

Fillings Performed

16

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Community members in El Guanacaste attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Guanacaste’ school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s 4 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10-15 minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 235 patients and performs an average of 20 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 6 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 235

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Quebrada Grande, El Guayabo

BRIGADE SITE: Primary School

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

 

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Des Moines University March 2012 34 Wellesley College January 2013 36
Cornell University May 2014 N/A Washington University in St. Louis January 2015 48
SUNY New Paltz & SUNY Stony Brook May 2015 62 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill & Washington University in St. Louis March 2017 44
Wayne State University August 2017 29 Illinois Wesleyan University June 2018 30

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL GUANACASTE’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE:

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

N/A

Brigade Volunteers

N/A

Beneficiaries

N/A

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

N/A

Average Community Volunteers

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL GUANACASTE’S WATER CHALLENGE:

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

N/A

Brigade Volunteers

N/A

Project Beneficiaries

N/A

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

N/A

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

WATER BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL GUANACASTE’S ECONOMIC  CHALLENGE:

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

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Brigade Volunteers

N/A

Loans Disbursed

N/A

Savings Accounts Opened

N/A

Capital Invested

BUSINESS BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL GUANACASTE’S PUBLIC HEALTH  CHALLENGE:

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

N/A

Brigade Volunteers

N/A

Eco-Stoves Constructed

N/A

Latrines Constructed

N/A

Water Filters Delivered

PUBLIC HEALTH BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Local Reference Points

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