Punuloso

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

Overview

Punuloso is located in Darien, in the eastern part of Panama. The typical house is made of cement blocks or bricks. Children in the community typically attend school up until primary school. The current water system in place in community is a gravity aqueduct. Most of the community members work in land agriculture or a labor position. The top needs expressed by Punuloso was an improved water system.

Corregimiento: Metetí

Province: Darién

Homes : 115
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 70%
Education : Up to primary school

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of growth, the continuous growth in the income doesn’t necessarily apply to the economic growth of 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.

Specifically, in the community of Punuloso, community members need to visit the Health Center in Meteti. The top 3 illnesses that are prevalent in the community are the common cold, vomiting, and diarrhea.

80

Brigade Volunteers

426

Patient Consultations

212

Number of Dental Patients

3

Number of Adult Charlas

26

Number of Children Charlas

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

 

The community of Punuloso 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. Punuloso 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 BRIGADES IN PUNOLOSO

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Missouri Medical May 2016 30 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical March 2017 23
Middle Tennessee State University Medical/ Regis University Medical August 2018 27

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.

212

Number of Dental Patients

148

Fluoride Treatments

55

Number of Extractions

147

Number of Cleanings

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Punoloso but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following evaluation and recommendations by the Water team.

 

Water System : Yes
Type of System : Gravity aqueduct

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Punoloso but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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