Los Izotes

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

Overview

Los Izotes is a community located in the municipality of Talanga within the department of Francisco Morazán. The population is approximately five hundred people and there are 64 homes in the community. Most of Los Izotes’ inhabitants are subsistence farmers. Children have access to a kindergarten and primary school up to sixth grade within the community before they must travel to Corralitos to continue their education.

Municipality: Talanga
Department: Francisco Morazán

Homes : 70
Population : 350
Water System : No
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 38%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 63 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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.

There is no health center in Los Izotes. However, community members are able to access CESAR in Corralitos, which is approximately six kilometers away. The most commonly reported illnesses are diarrhea, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and arterial hypertension.

157

Volunteers

2,020

Patient Consulations

189

Vision Screenings Provided

73

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Los Izotes currently has access to one Community Health Worker (CHW). However, this CHW was not trained by Global Brigades. Our Medical Program is actively working to assess the current CHW’s knowledge, recruit additional volunteers, and provide supplemental training and certification.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Los Izotes attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s three classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient.

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: SAN MARTÍN, EL CALICHE, EL PANAL, EL BAMBÚ, LOS POZOS, CORRALITO

VOLUNTEERS IN IZOTES

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Southern California Medical Brigade & University of Maryland Medical Brigade January 2016 30 Philadelphia University Medical Brigade May 2016 33
Temple University Medical Brigade June 2016 33 Oregon State University Medical Brigade & University of Edinburgh Medical Brigade June 2018 23
Milwaukee School of Engineering Medical Brigade February 2019 25 University of Detroit Mercy Medical Brigade March 2020 13

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.

375

Patient Consultations

293

Number of Extractions

135

Fillings Performed

68

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Los Izotes attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s three classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient.

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: SAN MARTÍN, EL CALICHE, EL PANAL, EL BAMBÚ, LOS POZOS, CORRALITOS

VOLUNTEERS IN IZOTES

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Southern California Medical Brigade & University of Maryland Medical Brigade January 2016 30 Philadelphia University Medical Brigade May 2016 33
Temple University Medical Brigade June 2016 33 Oregon State University Medical Brigade & University of Edinburgh Medical Brigade June 2018 23
Milwaukee School of Engineering Medical Brigade February 2019 25 University of Detroit Mercy Medical Brigade March 2020 13

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LOS IZOTE’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

The main water sources in Los Izotes are local streams, where the water is untreated. Community members usually load water jugs on their backs and heads and walk to and from the streams in order to gather enough water for the day. This is an inadequate water source due to seasonal changes in water flow and availability. With no central water system, a small selection of community members have private wells, which has caused some resentment between community members. Los Izotes is an organized community with a town council; however, the lack a properly trained water council.

19

Volunteers

300

Beneficiaries

13

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

12

Average Community Volunteers

LOS IZOTE’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION

There is no potential surface water source (stream or spring) in the surrounding area of Los Izotes that is capable of serving the population. In order to access sufficient water, a pump must be installed in a drilled well. The community has electricity, so a pump could be powered using the existing grid. Community Leaders will organize community participation and payments and the municipality installed electricity and has agreed to pay for the distribution line. Global Brigades plans to construct the water storage tank, pumping line, and distribution network to bring a consistent water supply to all 64 homes and the local churches and school.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN LOS IZOTES

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Imperial University & Fullerton College September 2016 19

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Izotes but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the design generated by the Engineering Program.

Water System : No
Type of System : N/A
Homes with Access to Water : None
Water Council : N/A

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Izotes but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : No
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Izotes 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 following the completion of the community’s water system.

Homes with Latrines : 20%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : None
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe

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