Nueva Arenosa

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Nueva Arenosa is located in West Panama. Nueva Arenosa is home to about 1200 people and is primarily a Latino community. The community has a water system and access to a health center. Students have the option to attend school up until 9th grade. It takes an average of 15 minutes to walk from house to house in Nueva Arenosa. Most households in this community are made of bricks/ cement blocks or zinc. 95% of families in this community work in agriculture. Some of the needs the community expressed was Water and Public Health. 

Corregimiento: La Trinidad
District: Capira

Homes : 200
Population : 1200
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Some homes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 90%
Education : Up to grade 9

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of growth, the continuous growth in the income doesn’t necessarily apply to the economic growth of 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.

Nueva Arenosa is located within the Capira province. The nearest health center is in the community. The most common seen illnesses are skin diseases, parasites, and the common cold.

211

Volunteers

2355

Medical Patient Consultations

51

Health Education Workshops

58

Vision Screenings

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. Nueva Arenosa will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

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 VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Maryland Baltimore County Medical March 2015 24 University of Oklahoma Medical May 2016 38
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medical March 2017 22 DePaul University Medical December 2018 19
Ball State University & Ohio State University Medical May 2019 30 Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals Medical June 2019 13
University of Texas Austin & Hastings College Medical August 2019 35 Saint Louis University Medical January 2020 30

 

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

In 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 dentist within a reasonable distance.

946

Dental Patient Consultations

574

Fluoride Treatments

295

Extractions

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Maryland Baltimore County Medical March 2015 24 University of Oklahoma Medical May 2016 38
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medical March 2017 22 DePaul University Medical December 2018 19
Ball State University & Ohio State University Medical May 2019 30 Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals Medical June 2019 13
University of Texas Austin & Hastings College Medical August 2019 35 Saint Louis University Medical January 2020 30