Juan Diaz

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Juan Diaz is located in Cocle, in the western part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks or bricks. Children in the community typically attend school up until the 6th grade. The current water system in place in community is a gravity aqueduct. Most of the community members work in land agriculture, a labor position, or as an artisan. There is no health facility in Juan Diaz, which means community members have to either walk 2 hours or pay for a bus to attend the nearest health center in Antón. One of the top needs expressed by Juan Diaz was an improved road, improved electricity, and improved homes.

Corregimiento: Juan Diaz

Province: Cocle

Homes : 658
Population : 2634
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 20%
Education : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Panama Office : 143 kilometers

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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.

Specifically, in the community of Juan Diaz, we see that the top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are the common cold, kidney issues, and poor nutrition.

246

Volunteers

2113

Patient Consultations

21

Number of Adult Charlas

42

Number of Children Charlas

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

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

GB Panama’s Medical team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 17 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers.

Some of the future ACeS worker’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Promoting healthy practices and maintaining contact with GB staff about their progress
  • Performing First Aid in the case of an emergency
  • Managing the Patient Referral cases of the community
  • Promoting involvement with other GB programs such as Human Rights, Public Health and Microfinance workshops
  • Recording and monitoring members of their respective communities who:
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a chronic disease
    • Are children under five
      years old.

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN JUAN DIAZ

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Connecticut Medical January 2014 57 University of Texas San Antonio Medical August 2014 39
University of Arizona Professional Medical March 2015 44 New York University/ Yale University Medical March 2016 30
University of Connecticut Medical May 2017 25 Pennsylvania State University Medical December 2018 29
University of Houston Medical May 2019 22

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.

806

Number of Dental Patients

559

Fluoride Treatments

185

Number of Extractions

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN JUAN DIAZ

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Connecticut Medical January 2014 57 University of Texas San Antonio Medical August 2014 39
University of Arizona Professional Medical March 2015 44 New York University/ Yale University Medical March 2016 30
University of Connecticut Medical May 2017 25 Pennsylvania State University Medical December 2018 29
University of Houston Medical May 2019 22