Nueva Arenosa

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

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. The most common illnesses in Nueva Arenosa are cold, skin disease and parasites.

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.

79

Brigade Volunteers

974

Medical Patient Consultations

9

Adult Charlas

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.

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 BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Oklahoma Medical May 2016 38 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medical March 2017 22
DePaul University Medical December 2018 19

 

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.

578

Dental Patient Consultations

370

Fluoride Treatments

22

Fillings

37

Children's Charla

DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Oklahoma Medical May 2016 38 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medical March 2017 22
DePaul University Medical December 2018 19

 

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Nueva Arenosa but has not yet begun 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 Nueva Arenosa 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 Nueva Arenosa 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.