La Martillada

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

La Martillada is located in the province of Coclé, west of Panama City. The community is comprised of mostly Latino families. A typical house there is made of concrete blocks. Most of the community members work in agriculture. La Martillada has a primary school that offers from kindergarten to 6th grade. For middle- and high-school, children must walk 60 minutes and then take a bus 30 minutes to the community of Toabré. The nearest health facility is also in Toabré, which means community members must walk and pay for a bus every time they visit a health clinic. All of the homes in La Martillada are connected to a gravity-fed aqueduct, but the water must be rationed in the dry season. All homes in La Martillada have latrines. La Martillada does not have a community bank that offers savings and loans services. The top needs expressed by the community were better access to education and social development activities.

District: Penonome

Province: Coclé

Homes : 90
Population : 500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Some
Health Center : No- closest in Toabré
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with latrines : 100%
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 economic growth, this growth doesn’t necessarily apply to 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.

58

Volunteers

359

Patient Consultations

N/A

Vision Screenings Provided

10

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

The community of La Martillada 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 Martillada will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

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 THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Arizona Medical Brigade March 2014 34 New Jersey Area Medical Brigade May 2019 24

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.

68

Number of Dental Patients

11

Number of Extractions

51

Fluoride Treatments

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Local Reference Points

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  • Feature
Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Arizona Medical Brigade March 2014 34 New Jersey Area Medical Brigade May 2019 24