Planteles de San Martín

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

Overview

Planteles de San Martín is a community located in the municipality of Choluteca within the similarly named department of Choluteca. The community lies in the southern region of Honduras, where temperatures usually soar in the upper nineties to over one hundred degrees Farenheit. There are approximately 450 people living in Planteles de San Martín and there are 99 homes. Most community members work in agriculture. Children have the opportunity to attend kindergarten in their own community before being required to travel to surrounding communities to continue their education. Planteles de San Martín’s inhabitants are interested in better access to medications, latrines, and improvements to their water system.

Municipality: Choluteca
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 99
Population : 450
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : None
Education : Kindergarten
Distance from Lodging Facility : 21 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

The Honduran government provides two different types of health centers throughout rural Honduras: Centros de Salud Médico Odontológico (CESAMOs) and Centros de Salud Rural (CESARs). CESAMOs are the larger of the two, often found in municipalities, and typically have at least one physician on staff at all times with nurses and potentially a dentist. CESARs are found sporadically in rural communities and generally have a single nurse available. Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available in these health centers and the physician density in Honduras remains around 1,220 people for every one doctor. According to the World Health Organization, there should be a maximum of 435 people per physician to qualify a country as having adequate access to medical attention.

There is no health center in Planteles de San Martín. The nearest CESAR is located in San Martín, approximately 1.5 kilometers away. This health center only sometimes has the necessary medications and Planteles de San Martín’s inhabitants do not have access to a private pharmacy. The most commonly reported illnesses in Planteles de San Martín are the common cold, respiratory issues, diarrhea, dengue, and chikungunya.

*These statistics reflect data from Medical/Dental Brigades in the community of Los Hatillos, where community members from Planteles de San Martín attend the mobile clinics.

157

Brigade Volunteers*

3,186

Patient Consulations*

150

PAP Smears Performed*

66

Health Education Workshops*

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of Planteles de San Matrín does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. Planteles de San Martín will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Planteles de San Martín attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in Los Hatillos 1’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s four classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 637 patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 637
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: AGUA CALIENTE, LAS MARIAS, EL GARZON, EL PITON, GUANACASTILLO, PLANTELES DE SAN MARTÍN
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LOS HATILLOS

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Arizona March 2013 37 Harvard University January 2014 31
Imperial College London September 2014 20 New Hampshire & Cornell May 2015 47
Boston University May 2016 22

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.

*These statistics reflect data from Medical/Dental Brigades in the community of Los Hatillos, where community members from Planteles de San Martín attend the mobile clinics.

225

Patient Consultations*

528

Fluoride Treatments*

165

Fillings Performed*

39

Dental Education Workshop*

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Planteles de San Martín attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in Los Hatillos 1’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s four classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 637 patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 637
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: AGUA CALIENTE, LAS MARIAS, EL GARZON, EL PITON, GUANACASTILLO, PLANTELES DE SAN MARTÍN
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LOS HATILLOS

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Arizona March 2013 37 Harvard University January 2014 31
Imperial College London September 2014 20 New Hampshire & Cornell May 2015 47
Boston University May 2016 22

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Planteles de San Martín but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the evaluation of the community’s existing water system and design of any necessary improvements will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Mixed (Water Tank with Pump)
Homes with Access to Water : 60%
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Planteles de San Martín but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the implementation of any improvements to the community’s existing water system will follow the Engineering Program’s assessment and start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Mixed (Water Tank with Pump)
Homes with Access to Water : 60%
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Planteles de San Martín but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : 58
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : None

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Planteles de San Martín 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.

Homes with Latrines : None
Homes with Eco-Stoves : None
Homes with Water FIlters : None
Common House Materials : Adobe

Local Reference Points

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