Tenchon

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

Overview

Tenchon is located in mountainous region of central Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe. Children in the community have access up to 6th grade. The community has a gravity existing water system that is in need of improvement. Most of the community members work in Agriculture and Coffee Growing. The top needs expressed by Tenchon’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are the improvement of the public health projects, community center, and community bank. 

Municipality: Cantarranas

Department: Francisco Morazan

 

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.

Community members in Tenchon have access to a CESAMO located in the nearby community of El Junco. Although the CESAMO has a medical staff that provides consultation, it usually lacks medication and access to a lab. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in Tenchon reported that the most common illnesses seen in kids are flu, cough, diarrhea, and in adults are diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and high blood pressure.

60

Volunteers

1169

Patient Consultations

68

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Tenchon currently has access to 2 Community Health Workers (CHWs) who were trained by Global Brigades. These CHWs were trained in the community of El Junco and provide their services to a total of 2 communities. [

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 Tenchon 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 2 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 15 minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 601 patients and performs an average of 60 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 34 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 601
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: LAS JOYAS, EL JUNCO, EL ENCINAL
BRIGADE SITE: YES

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN [COMMUNITY]

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Medical Scribes System Brigade June 2015 22 Michigan State University Medical Brigade January 2016 38

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 Tenchon 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 2 classrooms. Doctors are able to spend an average of 15 minutes with each patient. Each brigade sees an average of 601 patients and performs an average of 60 dental procedures. Each day of the brigade, an average of 34 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 601
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: LAS JOYAS, EL JUNCO, EL ENCINAL
BRIGADE SITE: YES

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN [COMMUNITY]

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Medical Scribes System Brigade June 2015 22 Michigan State University Medical Brigade January 2016 38

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tenchon but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, a reliable source of clean water will be identified as soon as feasible, followed by the design of a water solution sufficient to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years with projected population growth.

Water System : Yes
Type of water system : Gravity-source:river or creek
Homes with Access to Water : 89%
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tenchon but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

Water System : Yes
Type of water system : Gravity-source:river or creek
Homes with Access to Water : 89&
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tenchon but has not yet begun with the Business Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, a market study and the establishment of a community business will start as soon as feasible.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : 13
Economic Activities : Agriculture, coffee growing
Existing Microenterprises : 2 kiosks

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Local Reference Points

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