La Esperanza

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

La Esperanza is a village located along the George Price Highway in Cayo District, Belize, Global Brigades began working in La Esperanza in 2024. There is not health facility in this community, the closest one is in Santa Elena city but it is private hospital. There is a public polyclinic in San Ignacio city. Both cities are about 7 km from La Esperanza. The most common illnesses in the community are flu and malnutrition.

The typical house in this community is made of cement blocks and wood. There is a very little agriculture, most of the community members have temporary or permanent jobs but for a low paying. It would be difficult to open a small business due to lack of capital and it is hard to get a loan.

The top three needs of La Esperanza community are healthcare, secondary education, teenage engagement teenage pregnancy and school dropouts

Homes : 325
Population : 1800
Electricity : Yes
Water System : Not started
Community Bank : Not started
Health Center : No
Homes with Latrines : 70%
Education : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

People in La Esperanza do not have access to a health post in their community, however, they can go to San Ignacio, which is a community nearby that takes about 15 minutes by vehicle to all services. San ignacio system is not good, takes all day. People tend to look for private health care, but it is too expensive

It also needs improve health post, infrastructure and access to frequency of care/personnel. Limited spaces for large population. Most of the time, public polyclinic doesn’t have necessary medication. So get subscriptions and have to buy in a private pharmacy.

41

Total number of volunteers

179

Patient consultations

4

Health Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical brigades are often run in the community health centre or the community centre with a designated room or patio where the stations of the brigade can be run comfortably.

Average patients attended: 242

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN LA ESPERANZA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
James Madison University 05/27/2024 41

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.

124

Patient Consultations

22

Extractions

4

Dental Education Workshops

82

Fluoride Treatments

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical brigades are often run in the community health centre or the community centre with a designated room or patio where the dental stations of the brigade can also be run comfortably.

Average patients attended: 242

Nearby communities: Santa Rosa, San Roman, Georgetown

DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN LA ESPERANZA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
James Madison University 05/27/2024 41

Local Reference Points

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