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 inhabitants of La Concepción have access to a CESAR within their community. The nurse that staffs the CESAR and the medications and supplies sent by the government are not able to meet the needs of the population served by the health center. If community members require the attention of a physician or dentist, they must travel to the nearest CESAMO in San Matías. For these reasons amongst others, health care access in La Concepción is still limited. The most common illnesses in adults are arterial hypertension and diabetes, while those experienced by children in the community are the common cold and asthma. Our Medical Program is currently working to train Community Health Workers in the community of La Concepción.