El Jiote, Choluteca

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

Overview

El Jiote is located within the municipality of Namasigüe in the department of Choluteca in Southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe, cinder blocks, wood, and/or aluminum/zinc sheets. Children in the community have access to education through primary school, or up to sixth grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture, producing basic grains or fishing, or as day laborers. The top needs expressed by El Jiote’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include the construction of a potable water system, in-home public health infrastructure, and access to financial services.

Municipality: Namasigüe
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 94
Population : 500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 21%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 64 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 Jiote. If community members need to receive medical attention, they must walk two and a half kilometers to the nearest CESAMO in San Bernardo. However, this health center only sometimes has the medications that patients need. The health center does not have access to a laboratory, and there are no private clinics in the area. The most common illnesses reported by community members include diarrhea, fevers, the common cold, zika, and vomiting.

38

Brigade Volunteers

962

Patient Consulations

31

PAP Smears Performed

10

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

El Jiote currently has access to three 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 Jiote attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in San Bernardo‘s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s eight classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 962 patients and performs an average of 169 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of three to four educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 962
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL JIOTE, APASURU, EL COROZO, SANTA CRUZ

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN SAN BERNARDO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University May 2017 38

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.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Jiote attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in San Bernardo’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s eight classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 962 patients and performs an average of 169 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of three to four educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 962
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL JIOTE, APASURU, EL COROZO, SANTA CRUZ
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN SAN BERNARDO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University May 2017 38

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL JIOTE’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Currently, El Jiote has an obsolete gravity water system that reaches seven households in the community. The water source for this system is a spring near the community, but the dam for the system is in poor condition. The system was constructed in 1998 and is very outdated and in bad condition. The system has a poor water flow rate of two gallons per minute because the distribution network is not pressurized. Additionally, the water storage tank can only hold 3,500 gallons, which is not sufficient to serve the needs of the community. Community members who have access to this water use a filtration system within their home as the water is currently not chlorinated by the existing Water Council. This water has tested positive for bacteria and coliforms, which are contributing to the presence of water-borne illnesses in the community.

23

Brigade Volunteers

444

Beneficiaries

8

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

28

Average Community Volunteers

EL JIOTE’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION

Global Brigades conducted a study, presented community leaders with an engineering design for a water system, and is looking forward to breaking ground on a pump system in the community. Since the mayor of Namasigue already constructed a well for the community, Global Brigades plans to construct a new 15,000-gallon water storage tank with 3 independent pipelines for the distribution network in each sector of the community. The tank will be built at a higher location in order to improve the water pressure. Global Brigades established a partnership with Fundesur in January of 2017 in the community of El Jiote. Fundesur is ready to take on the task of building a water system. The community will soon receive Water Brigades, which will contribute to the system’s construction, and expects to finish the project in 3-4 months.

Upon completion of the system, Global Brigades will conduct training with the existing Water Council in the community. The Council will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the wells and pump. Additionally, Global Brigades will train a Basic Sanitation Committee, which will work to share information with community members on the importance of clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, the Water Council and the Basic Sanitation Committee will oversee all aspects of the construction of the water system in El Jiote. They will ensure that the system is used and maintained responsibly.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN EL JIOTE

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Boston University May 2017 23

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL JIOTE’S WATER CHALLENGE

Currently, El Jiote has an obsolete gravity water system that reaches seven households in the community. The water source for this system is a spring near the community, but the dam for the system is in poor condition. The system was constructed in 1998 and is very outdated and in bad condition. The system has a poor water flow rate of two gallons per minute because the distribution network is not pressurized. Additionally, the water storage tank can only hold 3,500 gallons, which is not sufficient to serve the needs of the community. Community members who have access to this water use a filtration system within their home as the water is currently not chlorinated by the existing Water Council. This water has tested positive for bacteria and coliforms, which are contributing to the presence of water-borne illnesses in the community.

131

Brigade Volunteers

425

Beneficiaries

.59

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

15,000

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

Water System : Yes
Type of Water System : Well Pump System
% of Homes with Access to Water : 100
Water Council : Yes

EL JIOTE’S WATER SOLUTION

When GB entered El Jiote, they knew it would be essential that a new water system be constructed so that the community would have sufficient access to water in order to stay healthy. The ground well and pump water system that was eventually completed in March 2018 was a direct result of our partnership with Fundesur. This system consisted of a well already constructed by the Mayor of the municipality, a 15,000 gallon water storage tank with 3 independent pipelines for the distribution network for each sector of the community constructed by Global Brigades. The tank was purposely built at a higher altitude in order to improve the water pressure to home connections. The flow rate in the new system is around 25 gallons per minute which is enough for everyone in the community and also leaves room for growth in the future. In the community of El Jiote, 94 houses have benefited from the new water system.

Once the system was complete, Global Brigades conducted training with the existing Water Council in the community. The Council is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the well and pump. Additionally, Global Brigades trained a Basic Sanitation Committee, which works to educate community members on the importance of clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, the Water Council and the Basic Sanitation Committee will drive change in El Jiote. They will ensure that the system is used and maintained responsibly.

WATER BRIGADES IN EL JIOTE

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Niagara Bottling February 2018 46 Michigan State University Medical March 2018 30
Saint Louis University Medical & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical January 2018 28 Central Michigan University & University of Virginia March 2018 12
Saint Louis University Public Health & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Public Health January 2018 15

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Community Bank : No
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

El Jiote’s Public Health Challenge

Many community members in El Jiote lack the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. The majority of homes in El Jiote are made of adobe, cement blocks, and wood. There are approximately 94 homes in El Jiote, with an average of 5 people living in each. Hygiene stations, which include showers and water storage units, are necessary to facilitate handwashing, allow water storage for hygienic processes, and offer privacy while bathing. Additionally, eco-stoves evacuate smoke from the living space and decrease the risk of respiratory illnesses, and latrines improve hygiene practices and prevent contamination of natural water sources caused by open defecation. By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, El Jiote‘s inhabitants are hoping to avoid preventable diseases and adopt proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

260

Brigade Volunteers

29

Sanitation Units Installed

116

People Benefitted with PH Infrastructure

N/A

Hours of Public Health Education

Homes with Latrines : 21%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 100%
Homes with Water FIlters : 100%
Common House Materials : Adobe, Block, Wood

PUBLIC HEALTH BRIGADES IN EL JIOTE

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Dublin City University Water & University of Illinois at Chicago Water May 2018 22 North Carolina State University Medical & University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Medical May 2018 30
Case Western Reserve University Medical & Maryville University Medical & Wake Forest University Medical May 2018 32 California State University Bakersfield Medical & Johns Hopkins University Medical May 2018 36
University of Houston Medical August 2018 24 University of Toronto Medical & University of Ontario Institute of Technology Medical August 2018 21
Columbia University Water & University of Missouri Water January 2019 7 Central Michigan University Medical March 2019 34
Louisiana State University Medical & Queens University Medical May 2019 54

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