Portuchada

Overview

Portuchada is located in the province of Darién, in the eastern part of Panama. A typical house in this community is made of zinc sheets. Portuchada has a school that offers kindergarten to 9th grade. Most of the community members work in agriculture (farming rice, corn, and root vegetables), tending livestock, and unskilled manual labor. There is no health outpost in the community, so they must travel to the nearest larger town for healthcare. Portuchada has a gravity aqueduct that functions well. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to healthcare access, education, and security.

District: Pinogana

Province: Darién

Homes : 200
Population : 700
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : Unknown
Education in the Community : 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.

The most common illnesses seen within the community of Portuchada are diarrhea, vomiting, and the common cold.

337

Volunteers

3860

Medical Patient Consultations

29

Health Education Workshops

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. Now in the planning phase, training of an ACeS worker in Portuchada will start as soon as feasible.

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 PORTUCHADA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Colorado Boulder Medical Brigade March 2012 47 Mayo Medical School Medical Brigade July 2012 41
Grinnell College Medical Brigade March 2013 31 University of Oxford & University of Washington Medical Brigade August 2013 42
University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade March 2014 33 Dalhousie University Medical Brigade August 2014 22
Indiana University Medical Brigade May 2015 23 Texas Tech University Medical May 2016 32
Rutgers University – New Brunswick Medical Brigade May 2017 16 University of Texas Dallas Medical Brigade May 2019 24

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.

548

Dental Patient Consultations

332

Fluoride Treatments

170

Extractions

29

Health Education Workshops

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN PORTUCHADA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Colorado Boulder Medical Brigade March 2012 47 Mayo Medical School Medical Brigade July 2012 41
Grinnell College Medical Brigade March 2013 31 University of Oxford & University of Washington Medical Brigade August 2013 42
University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade March 2014 33 Dalhousie University Medical Brigade August 2014 22
Indiana University Medical Brigade May 2015 23 Texas Tech University Medical May 2016 32
Rutgers University – New Brunswick Medical Brigade May 2017 16 University of Texas Dallas Medical Brigade May 2019 24

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Local Reference Points

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