HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
Embera Puru is located just inside the Darién Province, bordered to the west by El Tirao and by Arimae to the East. One of Embera Puru’s main challenges is that the Pan-American Highway in this area is of extremely poor quality. Accessing the community is difficult and slow. The nearest health center is a health post in El Tirao, which is severely understaffed and lacks most necessary supplies. In Santa Fe, about 40 minutes away by bus, is a better-equipped health center. There, nurses and doctors are available in the morning, and medications are usually available. It is costly and inconvenient for community members to travel to the health center, so they are very excited to have access to better care through Global Brigades.
The most common illnesses in Embera Puru are Diarrhea, Fever, and Colds.