El Poste

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Business

Overview

El Poste is located in the biodiverse region of East Panama and Global Brigades began working with community members in 2019. Community members have access to credit through an established and thriving community bank which will support continued investment in local businesses and home improvement projects for families within the community. People in El Poste are primarily dedicated to agriculture and the sale of artisanal crafts.

Corregimiento: Canazas
District: Veraguas

Homes : 117
Population : 400
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Post : Yes
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 81%
Education in the Community : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The community of El Poste currently has a health post (puesto de salud) attended by a nurse. When there is only a nurse available and a community member needs to see a doctor or dentist, they must travel to Canazas, the nearest town with a full health center where doctors and occasionally dentists are on staff.  The trip by bus can take 20 minutes, but visitors to the health center can expect long wait times given the limited staff and resources to meet the demand from all neighboring communities.

30

Brigade Volunteers

273

Medical Patient Consultations

36

Adult Health Education Workshops (Approx.)

36

Children Education Workshops (Approx.)

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

GB Panama’s Medical Dental team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 10 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers. Among these CHWs, the community of El Poste contributes with one and he is on track to complete all trainings and start visiting community members with health needs.

Some of the CHW’s primary responsibilities 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 BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of San Diego Medical Brigade June 2019 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.

184

Dental Patient Consultations

139

Fluoride Treatments

51

Extractions

MEDICAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of San Diego Medical Brigade June 2019 30

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL POSTE’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in El Poste lack access to financial resources within the community. The majority of community members do not have bank accounts and there are only limited informal forms of credit available.  For example, a person could obtain ‘credit’ at a local store by buying something now and paying later, simply adding it to their ‘tab,’ but there would be no formalized credit transaction.  Larger financial institutions do not approve loans to community members without a fixed income, making it difficult for local micro-enterprises to grow and thrive. Most community members cite the distance to the nearest bank as the main discouragement to having a personal savings account. Even if individuals wish to travel the distance, not all community members can become members of these financial institutions–cooperatives require monthly membership fees, savings accounts often require a fixed income, and the cost of travel provides an additional barrier.

1

Loans Administered

EL POSTE’S MICROFINANCE SOLUTION

The Global Brigades Business and Microfinance Team trained a new Community Bank in El Poste in September 2020. The community bank received its first Kiva loan of $500 in December 2020. This encouraged the opening of more savings giving out loans to bank members. accounts, growth of seed capital, and soon the community bank will begin giving out loans to bank members to spur economic growth and home improvement projects.

Local Reference Points

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