HEALTH CARE ACCESS
Mesa del Ocote is a community located in the municipality of San Rafael del Norte in the mountainous region of Jinotega. They have a local health centre located 5 kilometres away from the community. The local health centre has medications supplied occasionally. There is no access to private pharmacies.
Based on Global Brigades Rapid Needs Assessment the top illnesses in children are diarrheal diseases and the flu. For adults, common illnesses are chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as kidney infections. Without access to trained health care professionals and medications, chronic diseases can go unmanaged, leading to further health problems. Acute illnesses can also be severe and affect the quality of life.