HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
Platanilla is a community located in the hills of Eastern Panama, off thePan-American highway, near the town of Torti. Due to its remote location, Platanilla has a small sub-center of health. The sub-center is not staffed with doctors, but it does have a community health worker that is trained to treat a few common illnesses; otherwise, community members must travel either to the health center in Torti (30 minutes away) or the hospital in Chepo (2-3 hours away). Additionally, the Panamanian Ministry of Health stocks sub-health centers with only a few rudimentary medications that are unable to meet all of the needs of Platanilla.