Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Martin but has not yet begun with the Medical Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, mobile clinics and Community Health Workers’ training will start as soon as feasible.
San Martin is located in the biodiverse region of Panama, and celebrated its transition with Global Brigades in December of 2020. People in San Martin are primarily dedicated to agriculture, animal raising, and the sale of artisanal crafts. Global Brigades is currently working with Medical and Dental brigades in San Martin and the community is on the wait-list for eventual Holistic Model implementation as part of Global Brigades’ strategic plan in Panama.
Community members in San Martin have access to credit through an established and thriving community bank which will support continued investment in local businesses and home improvement projects for families within the community. When asked about the top needs in the community, the community members mentioned the need to improve health centers and the improvement of the water system.