Piedras Gordas

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Piedras Gordas is located in the province of Coclé, in the western part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks or straw. Piedras Gordas has a school that offers kindergarten to 9th grade. Most of the community members work in crafting artisan goods or in agriculture, farming coffee, fruits and tending livestock. There is a health outpost in the community. Piedras Gordas has a gravity-fed aqueduct. The top need expressed by the community was improvements to healthcare.

District: Penonome

Province: Coclé

Homes : 200
Population : 100
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines :
Education : Up to 9th grade

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.

149

Volunteers

1008

Patient Consultations

46

Vision Screenings Provided

48

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Piedras Gordas does not yet have 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. Piedras Gordas 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/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN PIEDRAS GORDAS

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade March 2016 33 Marquette University Medical Brigade January 2019 44
St. John’s University Medical Brigade June 2019 72

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS

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 a dentist within a reasonable distance.

449

Number of Dental Patients

156

Number of Extractions

48

Health Education Workshops

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN PIEDRAS GORDAS

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade March 2016 33 Marquette University Medical Brigade January 2019 44
St. John’s University Medical Brigade June 2019 72

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Piedras Gordas but has not yet begun with the Business Program. In the planning phase, local staff is working with community members to assess the economic needs of the community, establish a community bank, and identify micro-enterprises that can benefit from on-brigade consultations.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Piedras Gordas 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. 

Local Reference Points

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