Nuevo Progreso

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

Overview

Nuevo Progreso is located in the province of Darien, close to the eastern end of the Panamerican highway. Global Brigades began working with this community in 2015. A typical house in Nuevo Progreso is made of wood. The community has a primary school that offers kindergarten to 6th grade. To attend middle or high school, children must travel to the nearby city of Yaviza, which is 30 minutes away by bus. Most of the community members work in agriculture (farming rice and corn) and the sale of artisan crafts. There is no health outpost in Nuevo Progreso, so community members must travel by bus to the nearest clinic in Yaviza to be attended by a healthcare professional. Nuevo Progreso has a water system built in 1984, but the water arrives unfiltered and often the pressure is too low. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to their water system and more economic opportunities.

Corregimiento: Yaviza
District: Pinogana

Homes : 150
Population : 300
Water System : Yes, but needs improvements
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No, closest is in Canglón or Yaviza (20-30min by bus)
Community Health Workers : 1
Homes with Latrines : 100%
Education in the Community : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Closest Lodging Facility : 1.5 hours

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

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

The most common illnesses seen within the community of Nuevo Progreso are common colds, diarrhea, and skin infections.

26

Volunteers

206

Medical Patient Consultations

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

GB Panama’s Medical Dental team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 10 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers. Nuevo Progreso has selected a community member for the position who began her training in July of 2018.

The ACeS worker’s primary responsibilities 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/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN NUEVO PROGRESO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Northwestern University & University of California Davis Medical Brigade March 2019 26

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS

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.

117

Dental Patient Consultations

28

Extractions

90

Flouride Treatments

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN NUEVO PROGRESO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Northwestern University & University of California Davis Medical Brigade March 2019 26

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Nuevo Progreso but has not yet begun with 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

NUEVO PROGRESO’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in Nuevo Progreso lack access to financial resources within the community. The majority of community members do not have bank accounts and there are only limited informal forms of credit available.  For example, a person could obtain ‘credit’ at a local store by buying something now and paying later, simply adding it to their ‘tab,’ but there would be no formalized credit transaction.  Larger financial institutions do not approve loans to community members without a fixed income, making it difficult for local micro-enterprises to grow and thrive. Most community members cite the distance to the nearest bank as the main discouragement to having a personal savings account. Even if individuals wish to travel the distance, not all community members can become members of these financial institutions–cooperatives require monthly membership fees, savings accounts often require a fixed income, and the cost of travel provides an additional barrier.

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Brigade Volunteers

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Loans Disbursed

$1,028

Capital Investment

13

Saving Accounts Opened

NUEVO PROGRESO’S MICROFINANCE SOLUTION

The Global Brigades Business and Microfinance Team trained a new Community Bank that opened in March 2015. Field technicians have provided initial training to the Community Bank to prepare the executive board to manage bookkeeping and the process of managing savings accounts and loans. This encouraged the opening of more savings accounts, growth of seed capital, and upon the completion of six months of executive board training, the Community Bank began giving out loans to bank members to spur economic growth and home improvement projects.

NUEVO PROGRESO’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to the Community Bank, Global Brigades supports established and start-up micro-enterprises. Agro-businesses are prominent forms of commerce within this community and adequate book-keeping and maintaining relationships with customers, as well as proper agriculture cultivation can lead to increased revenues for business owners and employees.

Global Brigades is currently in the planning phase of hosting Business Brigades in Nuevo Progreso. Business consulting will begin as soon as it is feasible.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN NUEVO PROGRESO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Nuevo Progreso 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.

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN NUEVO PROGRESO

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Local Reference Points

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