San Pedro Calero, Alianza

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

Overview

San Pedro Calero is located within the municipality of Alianza in the department of Valle in southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe or cement blocks. Children in the community have access to primary school in the community. There is currently a gravity-based water system that uses river or creek water as its source. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by San Pedro Calero’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include water system improvements, public health infrastrucutre, and support with forming a community bank.

Municipality: Alianza
Department: Valle

Homes : 127
Population : 532
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 63%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 44 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.

San Pedro Calero has not yet started with the Medical and Dental Brigades programs. Global Brigades is working to begin these programs as soon as feasible.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

The community of San Pedro Calero does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. San Pedro Calero will receive training as soon as possible to further support the health of its community members.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.

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.

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

SAN PEDRO CALERO’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE:

San Pedro Calero has a water project that was built by the local government in 1991. It connects to 90% of the houses in the community. It is a well system. The outdated water system has not been functioning since 2016 due to not having a sufficent water source. Community members are forced to pay up to 1500 lempiras a month to have water delivered. Global Brigades’ Engineering and Water Team conducted a system assessment in order to provide recommendations to the current water council.

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Volunteers

472

Beneficiaries

13.3

Kilometer of pipeline designed

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Average community volunteers

SAN PEDRO CALERO’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION:

The Engineering and Water Team created a water system design tailored to the communities current and future needs. The ground water and pump system will pump water into a 20,000 gallon tank that will provide water to the community’s 118 households.  Public Health Brigaders and Global Brigades Staff will train community members on the importance of treating all drinking water in addition to other hygiene and sanitation topics. Additionally water will be distributed in San Pedro Calero because they guarantee clean drinking water without relying on central chlorination. Construction on the water system will begin as soon as feasible.

VOLUNTEERS IN SAN PEDRO CALERO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
New Jersey Institute of Technology Engineering Brigade March 2019 10

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Pedro Calero 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 : 0
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Pedro Calero 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.

Community Bank : No
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : Corner Stores

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in San Pedro Calero 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 : 63%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 20%
Homes with Water FIlters : 0%
Common House Materials : Adobe, Cement Blocks

Local Reference Points

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