Las Delicias

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Las Delicias is located in Cocle, in the western part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks or bricks. Las Delicias has a primary school that offers up to 6th grade. The current water system in the community is a gravity aqueduct. Las Delicias has a health post which hosts mobile clinics, but is not always staffed by a doctor. The nearest clinic is a 2 hour walk away in the community of La Pintada. Most of the community members work in land agriculture or unskilled labor. The top needs expressed by Las Delicias were improvements to the school, a new bridge, and improved roads.

Corregimiento: Piedras Gordas

Province: Cocle

Homes : 43
Population : 150
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 93%
Education : Up to primary school

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.

Specifically, in the community of Las Delicias, community members need to visit the Centro de Salud in La Pintada. The top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are the common cold, cough, and fever.

 

 

91

Volunteers

175

Patient Consultations

12

Health Education Workshops

31

Vision Screenings

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Las Delicias 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 Delicias 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 DELICIAS

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Pennsylvania State University Medical December 2018 29 Texas State University & University of New Hampshire Medical May 2019 34
University of Dayton Medical January 2020 28

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.

57

Dental Patients

37

Fluoride Treatments

23

Extractions

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN LAS DELICIAS

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
Pennsylvania State University Medical December 2018 29 Texas State University & University of New Hampshire Medical May 2019 34
University of Dayton Medical January 2020 28