La Candelaria

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

La Candelaria is located in the province of Coclé, in the western part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks. La Candelaria has a pre-school, and children must walk 20 minutes to a different community for primary school, or 30 minutes to the nearest secondary school. Most of the community members work in agriculture, farming coffee, plantains, and root vegetables. The closest health facility is the Toabré Health Center which is 45 minutes away by bus. The community currently has access to a water system.

District: Penonome

Province: Coclé

Homes : 150
Population : 700
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Some
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 90%
Education : Up to 6th grade

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 La Candelaria, we see that the top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are cold, rashes, and asthma.

59

Volunteers

257

Patient Consultations

6

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of La Candelaria 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. La Candelaria 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 LA CANDELARIA

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Marquette University Medical Brigade January 2019 38 Oregon State University Medical Brigade June 2019 21

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.

130

Number of Dental Patients

27

Number of Extractions

6

Health Education Workshops

VOLUNTEERS IN LA CANDELARIA

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Marquette University Medical Brigade January 2019 38 Oregon State University Medical Brigade June 2019 21

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Candelaria but has not yet begun with the Business Program. In the planning phase, local staff is working with community members to assess the economic needs of the community, establish a community bank, and identify micro-enterprises that can benefit from on-brigade consultations.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LA CANDELARIA’S PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES

Many community members in La Candelaria lack the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. Sanitation stations (which include a latrine, shower, and sink) are necessary to facilitate handwashing, allow water storage for hygienic processes, and offer privacy while bathing. Additionally, latrines improve hygiene practices and prevent contamination of natural water sources caused by open defecation. By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, La Candelaria’s inhabitants are hoping to avoid preventable diseases and adopt proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

455

Volunteers

84

Sanitation Units Installed

370

People Benefitted with PH Infrastructure

4

Hours of Public Health Educational Workshops

VOLUNTEERS IN LA CANDELARIA

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Rutgers University- New Brunswick Medical Brigade January 2017 32 Syracuse Area Medical Brigade January 2017 34
University of Virginia Medical Brigade January 2017 21 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medical Brigade March 2017 22
Kansas City Medical School Medical Brigade May 2017 67 University of Connecticut Medical Brigade May 2017 25
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2017 24 Chapman University Medical Brigade May 2017 45
San Francisco State University Medical Brigade June 2017 46 University of Houston Medical Brigade May 2019 22
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2019 33 Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2019 40
University of Cincinnati Public Health Brigade May 2019 7 University of California San Diego Medical Brigade July 2019 37

Local Reference Points

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