Rio Iglesia

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

Overview

Rio Iglesia is located in the province of Darién, in the eastern part of Panama. A typical house in this community is made of cement blocks, zinc sheets, and wood. Rio Iglesia has a primary school that offers kindergarten to 6th grade.To attend middle or high school, children must travel to the nearby city of Meteti, which is 20 minutes away by bus. Most of the community members work in agriculture (farming rice and corn) and raising cattle. There is a health sub-center in the community, and the nearest clinic is 20 minutes away in Meteti. Rio Iglesia has an existing water system, but water arrives irregularly to the houses and often must be rationed in the dry season. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to healthcare access, better transportation for children to attend school, and water filters.

District: Chepigana

Province: Darién

Homes : 100
Population : 350
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Some
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 10%
Education in the Community : Up to 6th 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 Rio Iglesia are parasites, cold, fever.

285

Brigade Volunteers

2088

Medical Patient Consultations

47

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 Rio Iglesia 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 RIO IGLESIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of San Francisco Medical Brigade May 2012 27 University of Arizona Professional & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade March 2013 31
University of North Carolina Wilmington Medical Brigade December 2013 50 Kutztown University Medical Brigade January 2015 26
St. John’s University Medical Brigade May 2015 34 University of Cincinnati Medical Brigade May 2016 17
Santa Clara University Medical Brigade March 2017 36 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.

556

Dental Patient Consultations

325

Fluoride Treatments

155

Extractions

47

Health Education Workshops

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN RIO IGLESIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of San Francisco Medical Brigade May 2012 27 University of Arizona Professional & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade March 2013 31
University of North Carolina Wilmington Medical Brigade December 2013 50 Kutztown University Medical Brigade January 2015 26
St. John’s University Medical Brigade May 2015 34 University of Cincinnati Medical Brigade May 2016 17
Santa Clara University Medical Brigade March 2017 36 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 Rio Iglesia 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.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN RIO IGLESIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Local Reference Points

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