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.
While there is no health center in El Junquillo, Potrerillos, community members can walk to a CESAMO in a neighboring community about five kilometers away. The most common illnesses reported by community members include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, skin allergies, diabetes, and arterial hypertension. A lot of the health issues community members experience are caused by a lack of public health infrastructure and poor water quality within El Junquillo, Potrerillos.