El Resbaloso

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

Overview

El Resbaloso is located within the municipality of Goascorán in the department of Valle in southern Honduras. Here, the climate is hot and arid, with temperatures frequently soaring to 100 degrees Farenheit or higher. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access to kindergarten, primary school, and centro básico, or up to ninth grade. Two different wells have been constructed in the community. However, one of these wells does not have electrical components nor pipeline installed. While the other well has these features, it is dry. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top three needs expressed by El Resbaloso’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are a water project and improved household health infrastructure, such as latrines, eco-stoves, water filters, and water storage units.

Municipality: Goascorán

Department: Valle

Homes : 134
Population : 700
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 50%
Education : Up to 9th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 43 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 Resbaloso does not have either type of health center. Instead, its inhabitants must walk to a CESAMO in Goascorán to seek medical attention. This center is located approximately five kilometers away from Resbaloso. If the treatments or procedures they require are not available there, community members must walk to the hospital in San Lorenzo. The most common illnesses are the common cold, dengue, zika, diarrhea, diabetes, and arterial hypertension.

*These statistics reflect data from Medical/Dental Brigades in the community of Junquillo, where community members from El Resbaloso attend the mobile clinics.

185

Brigade Volunteers*

1737

Patient Consultations*

129

Pap Smears Performed*

45

Health Education Workshops*

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

El Resbaloso has access to a total of 28 Community Health Workers (CHWs). These CHWs were trained in the community of Junquillo and provide their services to a total of twelve communities. Two of them live in El Resbaloso.

Community Health Workers work on a volunteer basis and are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses. Some of these tasks include first aid, support in 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 and avoid further complications. CHWs are equipped with a number of medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners during their training. 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 Resbaloso attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Junquillo’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s three classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 347 patients and performs an average of 180 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of five educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 347
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: HATO NUEVO, EL RESBALOSO, LA RINCONADA, SANTA LUCIA, PLAN DE JOCOTE, EL PICACHO
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL JUNQUILLO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Martha’s Heart, Oulton College, & College of William & Mary March 2014 50 University of Florida December 2014 37
UC Riverside June 2015 34 UNC Chapel Hill / University of Houston March 2017 29
Penn State January 2016 35

 

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.

*These statistics reflect data from Medical/Dental Brigades in the community of Junquillo, where community members from El Resbaloso attend the mobile clinics.

426

Patient Consultations*

278

Flouride Treatments*

381

Fillings Performed*

15

Dental Education Workshops*

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in El Resbaloso attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Junquillo’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s three classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 347 patients and performs an average of 180 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of five educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 347
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: HATO NUEVO, EL RESBALOSO, LA RINCONADA, SANTA LUCIA, PLAN DE JOCOTE, EL PICACHO
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL JUNQUILLO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Martha’s Heart, Oulton College, & College of William & Mary March 2014 50 University of Florida December 2014 37
UC Riverside June 2015 34 UNC Chapel Hill / University of Houston March 2017 29
Penn State January 2016 35

 

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Resbaloso but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, a reliable source of clean water will be identified as soon as feasible, followed by the design of a water solution sufficient to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

Water System : No
Type of System : N/A
Homes with Access to Water : None
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Resbaloso but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

Water System : No
Type of System : N/A
Homes with Access to Water : None
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Resbaloso but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : Yes
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 Resbaloso 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.

Homes with Latrines : 50%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 20%
Homes with Water Storage Units : 30%
Common House Materials : Adobe

Local Reference Points

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