Los Pilares

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

Overview

Los Pilares is located in the province of Coclé, in the western part of Panama. A typical house in Los Pilares is made of wood. Los Pilares has a primary school that offers kindergarten to 6th grade, and then children must walk one hour to access the nearest middle school. Most of the community members work in agriculture, farming coffee, plantains and rice. There is a health outpost in the community, and the nearest health clinic is one hour away by bus. Los Pilares has a gravity-fed aqueduct, but access to water to water is intermittent in the rainy season. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to healthcare, water, and sanitation.

District: Penonome

Province: Coclé

Homes : 45
Population : 350
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : No
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 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 most prevalent illnesses in Los Pilares are stomach aches and colds.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Los Pilares 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. Los Pilares 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 LOS PILARES

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers

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.

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN LOS PILARES

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LOS PILARES’ WATER CHALLENGE

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Pilares 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 Los Pilares 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

LOS PILARES’ PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Pilares 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

View the map to see the closest volunteer lodging facilities, hospitals, and other relevant points of reference.

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