HEALTH CARE ACCESS
El Jobo has access to a health center within their community. Even with this access, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available in these health centers and are dependent on government funding. There is no access to private pharmacies. Additionally, as noted above, access to trained medical professionals is limited.
During their initial communications with Global Brigades, the top three illnesses in children that El Jobo expressed are diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections, and pneumonia. For adults, common illnesses are chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as gastrointestinal issues. Without access to trained healthcare professionals and medications, chronic diseases can go unmanaged, leading to further health problems. Acute illnesses can also be severe and affect the quality of life.