Suyapa

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

Overview

Suyapa is located within the municipality of San Juan de Flores in the department of Francisco Morazán in central Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe or brick. Children in the community have access to primary school. There is a gravity water system. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by Suyapa’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades include water system improvements, health infrastructure, and microenterprise support.

Municipality: San Juan de Flores
Department: Francisco Morazán

Homes : 180
Population : 680
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : 80%
Education : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 32 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.

The community of Suyapa does not have its own health center, but residents are able to visit nearby Cantarranas 3 kilometers away where there is a large CESAMO serving the nearby communities. The most common illnesses reported by community members in Suyapa are respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, skin infectins, arterial hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Suyapa has access to a total of 5 Community Health Workers (CHWs). These CHWs were trained in the community of Tomatin.

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.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Suyapa attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in Tomatin. For more information about the Medical and Dental Brigades in Tomatin, please visit Tomatin’s community profile.

 

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.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Community members in Suyapa attend Medical and Dental Brigade clinics hosted in Tomatin. For more information about the Medical and Dental Brigades in Tomatin, please visit Tomatin’s community profile.

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Suyapa 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 : 50%
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Suyapa 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 : 50%
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Suyapa 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 : No
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : N/A

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Suyapa and has just begun with the Public Health Program. The financing, delivery, and installation of household health infrastructure products began in January 2019.

219

Brigade Volunteers

19

Eco-Stoves Constructed

24

Latrines Constructed

24

Waters Storage Units Constructed

Homes with Latrines : 80%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 90%
Homes with Water FIlters : 40%
Common House Materials : Adobe, Cement

PUBLIC HEALTH BRIGADES IN SUYAPA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Saint Louis University* January 2019 37 Brown University* & University of Maryland Baltimore* January 2019 27
Virginia Tech* January 2019 34 Texas Tech University* & University of Missouri* January 2019 36
California State University Sacramento* January 2019 33 Boston University* January 2019 32
Johns Hopkins University* January 2019 20

*denotes a Medical Chapter

Local Reference Points

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