Luminapa, Langue

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

Overview

Luminapa, Langue is located within the municipality of Langue in the department of Valle in southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access to primary school. There is currently no water system. Most of the community members work in agriculture.

Municipality: Langue
Department: Valle

Homes : 50
Population : 300
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 80%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 52 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.

LuminapaLuminapa has its own health center, a CESAMO in Langue, 3 km from the community center. The top illnesses reported by the community members during initial meetings with Global Brigades were Zika, Respiratory Infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, diabetes, and hypertension.

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Brigade Volunteers

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Patient Consulations

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PAP Smears Performed

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Health Education Workshops

 

 

 

 

 

The community of Luminapa, Langue 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. Luminapa, Langue 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 Luminapa, Langue attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in nearby communities. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient.

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Las Pilas, El Rodeo, Condega, El Coyolar, El Obrajito, Las Pavas

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.

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Patient Consultations

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Fluoride Treatments

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Fillings Performed

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Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Luminapa, Langue attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in nearby communities. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient.

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Las Pilas, El Rodeo, Condega, El Coyolar, El Obrajito, Las Pavas

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Luminapa, Langue and has completed the Engineering Program. The use of the results of the engineering assessment, has led to the creation water system which has provided a reliable source of clean water to Luminapa. This system was designed as a water solution sufficient to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

16

Brigade Volunteers

333

Beneficiaries

7.35

Kilometers of pipeline designed

25

Average community volunteers

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Well system utilizing ground water and pump
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : Yes

ENGINEERING BRIGADE IN LUMINAPA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Pennsylvania State University Engineering March 2017 16

 

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

In January 2019, a partnership between Luminapa, Global Brigades Honduras, the Municipality of Langue, and World Vision Honduras was officially formed. In order to plan a water system custom-designed for Luminapa, the land was first surveyed by a Global Brigades technician. 

With this and the land survey in mind, it was determined that the best fit for Luminapa would be to use a well system that utilized ground water as well as a pump. 

With the hydrogeological research results in hand, an assembly took place in March 2017 in Luminapa. The goal was to set a plan moving forward and elect a Water Council. The job of those on the Water Council or CAPS (Comités de Agua Potable y Saneamiento) was to mobilize community volunteers, support Water Brigades on-site, and keep record construction process, tools, and labored hours. The community members elected its representatives: President, Vice President, Secretary, Vocal and Treasurer, to monitor and offer support for the entire duration of the water project.

Brigades began working on this water system on January 2019 and through the efforts of brigades in Honduras. The system currenlty has a distribution network that connects the water storage tanks to 75 families, consisting of 333 individuals, as well as the community health center, primary school, and church.  

In total, the water system cost $68530 USD. Of this, the community financially supported with 5.7% of the funding. World Vision Honduras contributed with 13.3%, and Global Brigades with 17%. Outside of these funds, the value of labor that was donated by each family should be recognized.

In the interest of sustainability, once the project was completed, the members of the Water Council were trained on water treatment and system maintenance, administration, and operation, so they can continually and adequately manage the water system. Luminapa has also establish a monthly water fee in order to pay the Water Council for water treatment, maintenance costs, and system sustainability.

380

Brigade Volunteers

333

Project Beneficiaries

9

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

10000

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

Water System : yes
Type of System : Well system utilizing ground water and pump
Homes with Access to Water : 75
Water Council : yes

WATER BRIGADES IN LUMINAPA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Columbia University Water and University of Missouri Water January 2019 7 Seton Hall University Medical and Texas A&M University Medical January 2019 30
Syracuse Area Medical January 2019 10 Rutgers University Medical January 2019 11
Smith College Medical January 2019 24 Boston University Water January 2019 14
New Jersey Institute of Technology Engineering March 2019 10 Pennsylvania State University Medical and Western Michigan University Medical March 2019 24
Central Michigan University Medical March 2019 34 College of William and Mary Medical March 2019 30
Rice University Medical May 2019 37 North Texas Medical May 2019 20
Cornell University Medical and Johns Hopkins University Medical May 2019 24 Case Western Reserve University Medical May 2019 29
Boston University Engineering May 2019 19 Arizona State University May 2019 26

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Luminapa, Langue 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 : Yes
Community Bank Members : 30
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Luminapa’s Public Health Challenge 

Many community members in Luminapa lack the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. The majority of homes in Luminapa are made of Adobe. There are approximately 50 homes in Luminapa, with an average of 6 people living in each. The most common public health issues in Luminapa are diarrhea, zika and respiratory infections. We seek to mitigate these issues by providing adequate public health infrastructure. Hygiene stations, which include showers and water storage units, are necessary to facilitate handwashing, allow water storage for hygienic processes, and offer privacy while bathing. Additionally, eco-stoves evacuate smoke from the living space and decrease the risk of respiratory illnesses, and latrines improve hygiene practices and prevent contamination of natural water sources caused by open defecation. By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, Luminapa‘s inhabitants are hoping to avoid preventable diseases and adopt proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

Homes with Latrines : 5
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 1
Homes with Water FIlters : 2
Common House Materials : Adobe

PUBLIC HEALTH BRIGADE IN LUMINAPA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
North Park University Medical and Washington University in St. Louis Medical March 2019 20

 

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