La Mata

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

Overview

La Mata is located in Cocle, in the western part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks or bricks. Children in the community typically attend school up until the 6th grade. The current water system in place in community is a gravity aqueduct. Most of the community members work in a labor position. The three top needs expressed by La Mata were potable water more frequently, better roads, and larger schools.

Corregimiento: Rio Hato

Province: Cocle

Homes : 150
Population : 600
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 88%
Education : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Panama Office : 85 kilometers

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.

In La Mata specifically, the most common illnesses in community are diabetes, skin allergies, hypertension, and the common cold.

184

Brigade Volunteers

1358

Patient Consultations

619

Number of Dental Patients

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of La Mata 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 Mata 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 BRIGADES IN LA MATA

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Kansis Medical May 2016 73 Kansas City Medical School Medical May 2017 67
Marquette University Medical January 2019 44

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.

619

Number of Dental Patients

225

Fluoride Treatments

216

Number of Extractions

225

Number of Cleanings

15

Number of fillings

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Mata but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

 

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity aqueduct

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Mata 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.