San Agustin

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

Overview

San Agustin is located within the municipality of Namasigüe in the department of Choluteca in southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe or clay. Children in the community have access to a centro básico, or up to ninth grade. Most of the community members work either in agriculture, producing corn, beans, or cashews, or as day laborers in larger scale farms producing shrimp, melon, or sugar cane. The top needs expressed by San Agustin’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include in-home public health infrastructure, a health center, and an additional classroom for the school.

Municipality: Namasigüe
Department: Choluteca

Homes : 255
Population : 1,160
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 65%
Education : Up to 9th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 52 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 the community of San Agustin. If community members require access to medical attention, they must walk two kilometers to the nearest center in San Rafael. The most common illnesses reported by community members include diarrhea, the common cold, fevers, zika, chikungunya, and dengue fever.

161

Brigade Volunteers

4,575

Patient Consulations

328

PAP Smears Performed

110

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

San Agustin currently has access to Community Health Workers (CHWs). However, these CHWs were not trained by Global Brigades. Our Medical Program is actively working to assess the current CHWs’ knowledge, recruit additional volunteers, and provide supplemental training and certification.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in San Agustin attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s seven classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 1,144 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of seven to eight educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 1,144
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL JIOTE, APASURU, EL COROZO, SANTA CRUZ
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN SAN AGUSTIN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of California Riverside June 2013 10 Brown University January 2014 21
Wayne State University & Miami Dade College* August 2014 50 Marshall University July 2015 52
University of Victoria February 2016 28

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.

223

Patient Consultations

300

Fluoride Treatments

164

Fillings Performed

20

Dental Education Workshop

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in San Agustin attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in the community’s school building. The various stations of the clinic are held in the school’s seven classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of ten minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 1,144 patients. Each day of the brigade, an average of seven to eight educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 1,144
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL JIOTE, APASURU, EL COROZO, SANTA CRUZ
BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL BUILDING

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN SAN AGUSTIN

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of California Riverside June 2013 10 Brown University January 2014 21
Wayne State University & Miami Dade College* August 2014 50 Marshall University July 2015 52
University of Victoria February 2016 28

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Agustin 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 : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : N/A

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Agustin 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 : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : N/A
Water Council : N/A

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Agustin 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 : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture and Day Labor
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Agustin 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 : 65%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 41%
Homes with Water FIlters : N/A
Common House Materials : Adobe and Clay

Local Reference Points

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