Jalaca

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

Overview

Jalaca is located within the municipality of Talanga in the department of Francisco Morazan in central region of Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe and bricks. Children in the community have access to primary school. Community members are fortunate enough to have a functional source of water that is able to provide sufficient water. Most of the community members work in Agriculture. The top needs expressed by Jalaca‘s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are public health infrastructure .

Municipality: Talanga
Department: Francisco Morazan

Homes : 280
Population : 3000
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : N/A
Education : Centro Básico
Distance from Lodging Facility : 71km

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.

The community of Jalaca has a CESAMO within the community that is able to provide for the basic health needs of the community some of the time. It is not always adequately staffed now does it always have adequate medications in stock. The most common illnesses children face are the common cold, fever and respiratory issues. The most common illness for adults are hypertension and diabetes.

414

Brigade Volunteers

6699

Patient Consulations

314

Vision Screenings Provided

246

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of Jalaca does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. Jalaca will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

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 Jalaca attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in Jalaca‘s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s 8 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 6 minutes with each patient. Each day of the brigade, an average of 13 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 609
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: La Cuesta, El Ocotal, Los Pastos, Jalaca Abajo

VOLUNTEERS IN JALACA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Illinois Wesleyan University Medical Brigade May 2012 38 Johns Hopkins University Medical Brigade & University of California Berkeley Medical Brigade January 2013 39
University of Southern California Medical Brigade March 2014 22 Chicago Brigades (Loyola) Medical Brigade August 2014 49
East Carolina University Medical Brigade January 2015 30 Arizona State University Medical Brigade & Texas Tech University Medical Brigade May 2015 34
Caldwell University Medical Brigade & Purdue University Medical Brigade January 2016 40 University of California Santa Barbara Medical Brigade June 2016 21
Brown University Medical Brigade January 2017 21 Middle Tennessee State University Medical Brigade & Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2019 42
California State University Sacramento Medical Brigade January 2020 30 University of Maryland Dental Brigade January 2020 25

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.

1169

Patient Consultations

910

Number of Extractions

740

Fillings Performed

149

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Jalaca attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in Jalaca‘s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s 8 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 6 minutes with each patient. Each day of the brigade, an average of 13 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 609
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: La Cuesta, El Ocotal, Los Pastos, Jalaca Abajo

VOLUNTEERS IN JALACA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Illinois Wesleyan University Medical Brigade May 2012 38 Johns Hopkins University Medical Brigade & University of California Berkeley Medical Brigade January 2013 39
University of Southern California Medical Brigade March 2014 22 Chicago Brigades (Loyola) Medical Brigade August 2014 49
East Carolina University Medical Brigade January 2015 30 Arizona State University Medical Brigade & Texas Tech University Medical Brigade May 2015 34
Caldwell University Medical Brigade & Purdue University Medical Brigade January 2016 40 University of California Santa Barbara Medical Brigade June 2016 21
Brown University Medical Brigade January 2017 21 Middle Tennessee State University Medical Brigade & Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2019 42
California State University Sacramento Medical Brigade January 2020 30 University of Maryland Dental Brigade January 2020 25

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Jalaca but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, a reliable source of clean water will be identified as soon as feasible, followed by the design of a water solution sufficient to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : No

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Jalaca but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

 

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : No

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Jalaca but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible.

 

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : Corner Stores

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Jalaca 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 : N/A
Homes with Eco-Stoves : N/A
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe, Cement Bricks

Local Reference Points

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