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.