El Picacho

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

Overview

El Picacho is located in the municipality of Langue in the department of Valle. Children of the community have access to attend school through sixth grade. Most community members work in agriculture cultivating corn. Most agricultural workers make about 180 Lempiras (about US $7.50) a day during the rainy season. Regardless of occupation, most families earn approximately L5,200 per month (approximately US $220). Almost all household income is used to purchase food for consumption, drinking water, medication, and school supplies.

Municipality: Langue

Department: Valle

Homes : 63
Population : 500
Water System : No
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 36%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hr

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 Picacho has a health center in their own community, CESAMO El Picacho. The most common illnesses reported by community members are zika, the common cold, diarrhea, arterial hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. Illnesses also stem from the lack of a centrally treated water source and public health infrastructure.

100

Brigade Volunteers

1,407

Patient Consultations

90

Pap Smears Performed

45

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

El Picacho has access to a total of 26 Community Health Workers (CHWs). These CHWs were trained in the community of El Junquillo, Goascorán and provide their services to a total of twelve communities. Two of them live in El Picacho.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Picacho 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 seven classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 469 patients and performs an average of 91 dental procedures. On average, six educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients each brigade.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 469
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL JUNQUILLO, PLAN DE JOCOTE, HATO NUEVO, PATERO, SABANA REDONDA
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL PICACHO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Southern California March 2012 27
UNC Chapel Hill March 2016 28
University of Oklahoma May 2017 45

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.

102

Patient Consultations

180

Flouride Treatments

72

Fillings Performed

12

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Picacho 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 seven classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 469 patients and performs an average of 91 dental procedures. On average, six educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients each brigade.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 469
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL JUNQUILLO, PLAN DE JOCOTE, HATO NUEVO, PATERO, SABANA REDONDA
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL PICACHO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Southern California March 2012 27
UNC Chapel Hill March 2016 28
University of Oklahoma May 2017 45

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

El PICACHO’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

The community of El Picacho has previously dug 6 wells to have access to better water, but the water is untreated. Community members, usually women, load water jugs on their heads and walk to and from the well in order to gather enough water for the day. The furthest community member lives fifteen minutes away from the nearest well. The six wells supply daily water for all community members. However, these wells lack sufficient water in dry season. Only one of the wells contains potable water. Each well is about 12 meters deep. El Picacho does not have a water council, but rather a community government.

16

Brigade Volunteers

360

Beneficiaries

11.2

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

12

Average Community Volunteers

EL PICACHO’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION

Global Brigades volunteers completed the engineering design for the El Picacho water system in March 2017. Due to the lack of surface level water sources, Global Brigades hopes to work with the community to implement a well and pump system with groundwater. GB is currently seeking partners and funding for the project.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN EL PICACHO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Vanderbuilt University March 2017 16

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL PICACHO’S WATER CHALLENGE

The community of El Picacho has previously dug 6 wells to have access to better water, but the water is untreated. Community members, usually women, load water jugs on their heads and walk to and from the well in order to gather enough water for the day. The furthest community member lives fifteen minutes away from the nearest well. The six wells supply daily water for all community members. However, these wells lack sufficient water in dry season. Only one of the wells contains potable water. Each well is about 12 meters deep. El Picacho does not have a water council, but rather a community government.

No

Water System

Wells

Type of System

None

Homes with Access to Water

No

Water Counil

EL PICACHO’S WATER SOLUTION

Global Brigades volunteers completed the engineering design for the El Picacho water system in March 2017. Due to the lack of surface level water sources, Global Brigades hopes to work with the community to implement a well and pump system with groundwater. GB is currently seeking partners and funding for the project.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Picacho 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 : None

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Picacho but has not yet begun with the Public Health program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of household health products will start as soon as feasible.

36

Brigade Volunteers

4

Latrines Constructed

Homes with Latrines : 36%
Homes with Eco-stoves : 25%
Homes with Water Filters : 0%
Common House Materials : Adobe

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