Las Minas

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

Overview

Las Minas is located in the province of Coclé, in the western part of Panama. A typical house in this community is made of cement blocks. Las Minas has a school that offers kindergarten to 6th grade. The primary occupations in Las Minas are agriculture and artisan crafts. There is no health center in the community. Las Minas has a functioning gravity water system, but arrival of water to the different sectors of the community is irregular. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to the main road, better access to health care, and business consultants.

District: Penonome

Province: Coclé

Homes : 140
Population : 300
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Some
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Improved Sanitation Facilities : 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.

The top most prevalent illnesses in Las Minas, as expressed by community members, are common colds, hypertension, and diabetes.

164

Volunteers

1098

Patient Consultations

10

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Las Minas 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. Las Minas 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 VOLUNTEERS IN LAS MINAS

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Meredith College & University of Virginia Medical Brigade March 2014 59 Virginia Tech Medical Brigade January 2015 53
Indiana University Medical Brigade May 2016 30 University of Houston Medical Brigade May 2019 22

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.

192

Number of Dental Patients

61

Number of Extractions

10

Health Education Workshops

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN LAS MINAS

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Meredith College & University of Virginia Medical Brigade March 2014 59 Virginia Tech Medical Brigade January 2015 53
Indiana University Medical Brigade May 2016 30 University of Houston Medical Brigade May 2019 22

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Las Minas but has not yet begun with 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.

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Las Minas but has not yet begun with the Business Program. In the planning phase, local staff is working with community members to assess the economic needs of the community, establish a community bank, and identify micro-enterprises that can benefit from on-brigade consultations.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Las Minas 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. 

Local Reference Points

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