Los Mangos de San Martin – Global Brigades

Los Mangos de San Martin

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

Overview

Los Mangos de San Martin is located within the municipality of Choluteca in the department of Choluteca in Southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe and mud. Children in the community have access to up to 6th grade. There is a water system that was constructed in 2016, which draws water from a nearby well; it is in mildly good condition but needs improvement. Most of the community members work in Agriculture. The top needs expressed by Los Mangos de San Martin’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are water system improvement, road improvement, and access to healthcare.

Municipality: Choluteca
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 72
Population : 232
Water System : yes
Community Bank : N/A
Electricity : yes
Health Center : N/A
Community Health Workers : N/A
Homes with Latrines : 46
Education : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 15

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.

Community members in Los Mangos de San Martin have access to a healthcare center that is located in the nearby community of San Martin. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in Los Mangos de San Martin reported that the most common illnesses seen are flu, diarrhea, and diabetes.

299

Brigade Volunteers

4,024

Patient Consulations

153

Vision Screenings

167

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of Los Mangos de San Martin does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. Los Mangos de San Martin will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in San Martin 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 four classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient. Each day of the brigade, an average of 13 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 556
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: SAN MARTIN, BARRANCONES DE SAN MARTIN 

*Since community members from Los Mangos de San Martin attend Medical and Dental Brigades in San Martin, the numbers reflect San Martin’s information.

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.

768

Patient Consultations

584

Number of Extractions

711

Fillings Performed

64

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in San Martin 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 four classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient. Each day of the brigade, an average of 13 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 556
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: SAN MARTIN, BARRANCONES DE SAN MARTIN 

*Since community members from Los Mangos de San Martin attend Medical and Dental Brigades in San Martin, the numbers reflect San Martin’s information.

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN COYOLITO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Indiana University and University of South Florida May 2012 47 Albion College January 2013 19
University of California Irvine June 2013 60 New Hampshire Area May 2014 32
Purdue University and University of Virginia January 2015 44 Chabot College and University of the Pacific (Rho Pi Phi) August 2015 33
Boston University January 2016 39

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Mangos de San Martin but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the evaluation of the community’s existing water system and design of any necessary improvements will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Well
Homes with Access to Water : 59
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Mangos de San Martin but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the implementation of any improvements to the community’s existing water system will follow the Engineering Program’s assessment and start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Well
Homes with Access to Water : 59
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Mangos de San Martin planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible.

Community Bank : N/A
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 Mangos de San Martin 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 Latrines : 46
Homes with Eco-Stoves : N/A
Homes with Water Filters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe, Mud

Local Reference Points

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