HEALTH CARE ACCESS
The Honduran government provides two different types of health centers throughout rural Honduras: Centros de Salud Médico Odontológico (CESAMOs) and Centros de Salud Rural (CESARs). CESAMOs 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. CESARs are found sporadically in rural communities and generally have a single nurse available. Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available in these health centers and the physician density in Honduras remains around 1,220 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.
While there is no health center in the community of Liquidambos, there are CESARs, or the smaller of the two health centers, in the communities of Buena Vista and Hoya Grande. These communities are located approximately 2.5 km and 3 km away, respectively. CESARs are the smaller of two types of public health centers located in rural areas of Honduras. While community members can access a nurse in the CESARs, they often do not have the necessary medications or supplies. The nearest specialists are located in a private clinic in Morocelí, which is extremely costly for most of Liquidambos’ inhabitants. The most common illnesses in Liquidambos are the common cold, skin infections, respiratory problems (asthma, coughs, etc.), and malnourishment in children. A lot of these issues stem from a lack of household health infrastructure in the community.
*These statistics reflect data from Medical/Dental Brigades in the community of Buena Vista, where community members from Liquidambos attend the mobile clinics.