La Chichigua

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

Overview

La Chichigua is located within the municipality of Alauca in the department of El Paraíso in central Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access to education up to ninth grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by La Chichigua’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include improvements to the water system, in-home public health infrastructure, and medical attention.

Municipality: Alauca
Department: El Paraíso

Homes : 118
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 25%
Education : Up to 9th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 86 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.

There is no health center in the community of La Chichigua. If community members need to seek medical attention, they must walk five kilometers to the nearest CESAMO in Alauca. The most common illnesses reported by community members include asthma, the common cold, arterial hypertension, and diabetes.

Statistics included are from brigades indicated with an asterisk (*) in the brigade list.

166

Brigade Volunteers

1,820

Patient Consulations

103

PAP Smears Performed

51

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

La Chichigua currently has access to three Community Health Workers (CHWs). However, these CHWs were not trained by Global Brigades. Our Medical Program is actively working to assess the current CHWs’ knowledge, recruit additional volunteers, and provide supplemental training and certification.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in La Chichigua attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s five classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 260 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of seven educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 260
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: RIO ARRIBA, MOMOTOMBO, CONGOJO, LAS ANONAS
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LA CHICHIGUA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Friends of Honduran Children* April 2012 9 Washington University at St. Louis* January 2013 15
UC Santa Cruz* June 2013 30 UC San Diego* January 2014 32
University of Missouri* May 2014 34 University of Arizona May 2015 31
University of Southern California & University of Maryland January 2016 28 Johns Hopkins University* January 2017 23
New Hampshire Area* May 2017 23

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.

Statistics included are from brigades indicated with an asterisk (*) in the brigade list.

47

Patient Consultations

147

Fluoride Treatments

15

Fillings Performed

28

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in La Chichigua attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s five classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 260 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of seven educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 260
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: RIO ARRIBA, MOMOTOMBO, CONGOJO, LAS ANONAS
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LA CHICHIGUA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Friends of Honduran Children April 2012 8 Washington University at St. Louis* January 2013 15
UC Santa Cruz June 2013 27 UC San Diego January 2014 32
University of Missouri May 2014 29 University of Arizona May 2015 31
University of Southern California & University of Maryland January 2016 28 Johns Hopkins University* January 2017 23
New Hampshire Area* May 2017 23

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Chichigua but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the evaluation of the community’s existing water system and design of any necessary improvements will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Chichigua but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the implementation of any 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 : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Chichigua but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : 26
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : None

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Chichigua 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 : 25%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : None
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe

Local Reference Points

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