La Venta

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

La Venta is located in Cocle. La Venta is home to about 250 people and is primarily a Latino community. The community has a water system and but access to a health center is not directly in community. People have to travel to the health center in La Pintada to get access. Students have the option to attend school up until 12th grade. It takes an average of 10 minutes to walk from house to house in La Venta. Most households in this community are made of bricks/ cement blocks or zinc. 95% of families in this community work in agriculture. Some of the needs the community expressed were Public Health and community education. The most common illnesses in La Venta are fever, skin problems, and diarrhea.

Corregimiento: Llano Grande
District: La Pintada

Homes : 30
Population : 250
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Some homes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 24%
Education : Up to grade 12

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.

The most prevalent illnesses in La Venta are fever, skin problems, and diarrhea. 

224

Volunteers

2220

Medical Patient Consultations

432

Vision Screenings

47

Health Education Workshops (approx)

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

The community of La Venta 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 Venta 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 VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Syracuse Area Medical January 2014 53 Texas A&M University Medical August 2014 39
University of Texas Dallas Medical/ Ball State University Medical May 2016 41 Carnegie Mellon University Medical March 2019 25
University of California San Diego Medical July 2019 37 University of Dayton Medical January 2020 29

 

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.

499

Dental Patient Consultations

267

Fluoride Treatments

128

Extractions

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Syracuse Area Medical January 2014 53 Texas A&M University Medical August 2014 39
University of Texas Dallas Medical/ Ball State University Medical May 2016 41 Carnegie Mellon University Medical March 2019 25
University of California San Diego Medical July 2019 37 University of Dayton Medical January 2020 29