Palima

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Palima is located within central Guatemala. The typical house is made of adobe, cement blocks/bricks. Children in the community have access to primary school. There is a gravity water system in the community that does not work well since it only provides water to 80% of the community. Most of the community members work in agriculture and fishing. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders expressed that their top three needs were Medical Brigades, access to education and a water system renovation.

Municipality: Tecpan

Department: Chimaltenango

Homes : 65
Population : 400
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Number of Children under 12 : 101
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 26 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Tecpán Guatemala is a municipality of the Chimaltenango department situated 87 kilometers west of Guatemala City. Over 90% of the population in the municipality are part of Mayan indigenous groups. Public health care in Guatemala falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPAS) which has 2,200 service units across the country.  Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available. Health worker density in rural communities is to 3.0 per 10,000 persons as opposed to 25.7 to 10,000 in urban areas of Guatemala. There are major gaps in health care services between rural indigenous and urban populations in Guatemala.

Community members in Palima have access to a health center located three kilometers away, but the services provided do not meet the needs of the community. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders shared that the most common illnesses were malnutrition, parasites, cough and diabetes.

34

Volunteers

528

Patient Consultations

121

Vision Screenings Provided

13

Health Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school has 5 rooms, where the various medical stations are conducted. Patients from other nearby communities of Pacayal and Chipococ may also attend Medical Brigades in Palma.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Pacayal and Chipococ

BRIGADE SITE: Community School

VOLUNTEERS IN PALIMA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

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.

138

Patient Consultations

92

Number of Extractions

54

Fillings Performed

15

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school has 5 rooms, where the various medical stations are conducted. Patients from other nearby communities of Pacayal and Chipococ may also attend Medical Brigades in Palma.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Pacayal and Chipococ

BRIGADE SITE: Community School

VOLUNTEERS IN AGUA ESCONDIDA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

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