HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
Guacuco Guna does not have a Puesto de Salud (health post) and the closest Centro de Salud (health center) is in Torti, which is 15 minutes away by bus and an hour walking. The most common illnesses seen by community members are intestinal parasites, diarrhea, common cold and skin infections. There are two flush toilets in the community, previously built by the church, that are shared by everyone. Families that do not use these toilets go outside or to the river. Approximately, 90% of the community has gas stoves and they also use firewood when they run out of gas or money. Approximately, 80% of the houses have dirt floors, which is a custom for Guna communities. The majority of the houses are completely made of dried cane, sticks and leaves, which is Guna tradition.
Guacuco is divided into two communities: Guacuco Guna and Guacuco Latino. Global Brigades has been able to host medical clinics in the Guacuco Latino portion and members from both parts of the general community are able to attend.