Mata de Platano, Cedros – Global Brigades

Mata de Platano, Cedros

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

Overview

Mata de Platano is located within the municipality of Cedros in the department of Francisco Morazan in Central Honduras. Children in the community have access up to 9th grade. The community has an existing water system that was built in 1985 and is in need of improvement and repairs. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by Agua Blanca‘s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are access to Public Health Projects and community bank establishment.

Municipality: Cedros
Department: Francisco Morazan

Homes : 452
Population : 1488
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : N/A
Homes with latrines : 183
Education : Up to 9th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 30 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.

Mata de Platano’s community. Although medical staff provides consultation in the health care center, most of the time it is understaffed and lacks basic medication.

 

251

Volunteers

4839

Patient Consultations

N/A

Pap Smears

51

Health Education Worskshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of Mata de Platano 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. Mata de Platano 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 Mata de Platano attend medical and dental brigades in the school’s building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient. Each day of the brigade, an average of 3.4 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED PER BRIGADE: 959
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: AGUACATAL, EL TULE, QUEBRADA GRANDE, GUACHIPILIN

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN MATA DE PLATANO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
College of William and Mary Medical March 2012 49 Foothill College & Lower Columbia College Medical August 2012 35
University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical & University of Maryland Medical January 2013 26 University of California Davis Medical June 2013 71
Duke University & Morehouse College Medical & American University of Antigua Medical March 2014 45 University of San Diego Medical TeleBrigade January 2021 25

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.

226

Volunteers

446

Patient Consultations

171

Fillings Performed

61

Dental Education Worskshops

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN MATA DE PLATANO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
College of William and Mary Medical March 2012 49 Foothill College & Lower Columbia College Medical August 2012 35
University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical & University of Maryland Medical January 2013 26 University of California Davis Medical June 2013 71
Duke University & Morehouse College Medical & American University of Antigua Medical March 2014 45 University of San Diego Medical January 2021 25

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Mata de Platano attend medical and dental brigades in the school’s building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient. Each day of the brigade, an average of 3.4 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED PER BRIGADE: 959
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: AGUACATAL, EL TULE, QUEBRADA GRANDE, GUACHIPILIN

 

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Mata de Platano 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
Homes with access to water : 442
Water Council : N/A

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Mata de Platano 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
Houses with access to water : 442
Water Council : N/A

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Mata de Platano but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Mata de Platano 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

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