HEALTH CARE ACCESS
Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of growth, the continuous growth in the income doesn’t necessarily apply to the economic growth of all Panamanians, especially those in the rural areas. This results in large inequality when it comes to healthcare attention. As a consequence, access to health and dental care is one of the largest challenges for our partner communities. Hospitals and clinics are scarce in the rural areas where we work, and those that are accessible often lack proper staff, equipment, and medication.
Ipeti Kuna has a health center maintained by Panama’s Ministry of Health, MINSA (Ministerio de Salud). However, the health center frequently does not have a full pharmacy and is unable to see all patients on a regular basis.