Guayacan

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

Overview

Guayacan is located within the municipality of San Matias in the department of El Paraiso in central Honduras.  The typical house is made of abode. Children in the community have access to a centro basico, or up to 9th grade. Guayacan has two water systems, one is a gravity system and one is a well. Most of the community members work in agricutlure, cattle raising, and day labor. The top needs expressed by Guayacan’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include Public Health Infrastructure, Medical Brigades, and a Water Sytem renovation.

Municipality: San Matias
Department: El Paraiso

Homes : 87
Population : 317
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 30
Education : Up to 9th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 55 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.

Community members in Guayacan attend Medical Brigades in the nearby community of El Espinito.

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Brigade Volunteers

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Patient Consulations

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PAP Smears Performed

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Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Guayacan has access to one Community Health Worker (CHW). This CHW was trained in the community of El Espinito and works alongside CHWs in surrounding communities.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and 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 to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. 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 Guayacan attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Espinito’s school building. For more information, please visit El Espinito‘s profile.

 

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.

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Patient Consultations

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Fluoride Treatments

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Fillings Performed

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Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Guayacan attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in El Espinito’s school building. For more information, please visit El Espinito‘s profile.

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

GUAYACAN’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Global Brigades conducted an engineering assessment in 2018 and learned that 60% of the homes in Guayacan had functioning water connections. The outdated system had a flow rate of 60 gallons per minute and a storage tank that held 10,000 gallons. The storage tank needed various repairs and the distribution network needed to be reassessed since homes had been constructed about the level of the tank.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Well
Homes with Access to Water : 72
Water Council : Yes

GUAYACAN’S ENGINEERING SOULTION

In January 2019, Guayacan received an Engineering Brigade who worked to map the community and design an engineering solution. The design consists of an extra 10,000 gallon tank and using the existing piping in the community where possible. An additional 2-3 kilometers of piping will be installed to add additional house connections. The existing pump is in good condition and will be utilized.

The design has been shared with the community, and construction will begin as soon as feasible.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN GUAYACAN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Saint Louis University & New Hampshire Area January 2019 16

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Guayacan but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the implementation of improvements to the community’s existing water system will follow the Engineering Program’s assessment and start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Well
Homes with Access to Water : 72
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades inaugurated the community bank in Guayacan in November 2018. 30 bank members completed the 90 hours of training. The community bank is awaiting capitalization and is receiving ongoing training.

 

 

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture, Cattle Raising, Day Laborer
Existing Microenterprises : Corner Stores, Rosquillas Microenterprises

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Guayacan 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 : 30
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 60
Homes with Water FIlters : 10
Common House Materials : Adobe

Local Reference Points

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