La Venta

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

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
Province: Cocle

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
Distance from lodging facility : 45 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Even though Panama is a country with a lot of economic growth, this growth does not apply equally to all Panamanians, especially those in rural areas. This results in stark inequality when it comes to healthcare access. The Panamanian Ministry of Health (MINSA) provides two different types of health facilities throughout rural Panama: Centros de Salud and Puestos de Salud. Centros 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. Puestos are found sporadically in rural communities and generally have a single nurse available. 

Even with this coverage, the Centros frequently lack a full pharmacy and the staff capacity to see every patient each day. After walking long distances or paying for a bus, rural visitors to the Centros can expect long wait times given the limited staff and resources to meet the demand from all neighboring communities. The physician density in Panama remains around 630 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.

La Venta does not have any health facilities in the community. The nearest Centro de Salud is in the town of La Pintada. The most prevalent illnesses in La Venta are fever, skin problems, and diarrhea. 

224

Volunteers

2,646

Medical Patient Consultations

432

Vision Screenings

47

Health Education Workshops (approx)

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

A group of CHWs from East Panama, trained in 2019

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.

Community Health Workers, or Agentes Comunitarios en Salud (ACeS), work on a volunteer basis as advocates for healthcare within their communities. Their primary responsibilities include: educating community members to prevent common illnesses, providing emergency first aid, supporting pregnant mothers and newborns, and following up with chronic patients. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of healthcare supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities

BRIGADE INFORMATION

A brigader shadows a doctor as he gives a patient consultation in La Venta

Medical and Dental Brigade clinics are hosted in La Venta‘s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the classrooms. Each day of the brigade, an average of 10 educational workshops or charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 453

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN LA VENTA:

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

14

Fillings Performed

BRIGADE INFORMATION

A brigader shadows a doctor as he gives a patient consultation in La Venta

Medical and Dental Brigade clinics are hosted in La Venta‘s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the classrooms. Each day of the brigade, an average of 10 educational workshops or charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 453

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN LA VENTA:

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

 

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Venta but has not yet begun the Water program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of a water system infrastructure, or repairs to existing infrastructure will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
System Type : Gravity Aqueduct
Homes connected to water : 100%
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Venta but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible.

Community Bank : No
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : farming, unskilled labor
Existing microenterprises : several kiosks

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Homes with flushing toilet : 23%
Homes with latrine : 100%
Homes with bath/shower : N/A
Common house materials : concrete blocks