Tranquilla

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

Overview

Tranquilla is located in the province of Coclé, west of Panama City. The community is comprised of mostly Latino families. A typical house there is made of cement blocks and zinc. Tranquilla has a primary school that offer from kindergarten to 6th grade. For middle- and high-school, children must take a bus half an hour to the community of Antón. Most of the community members work in agriculture or work in hotels in the nearby tourist area of Antón. There is a health outpost in the community that hosts a mobile clinic from the Ministry of Health every 3 months. All of the homes in Tranquilla are connected to a gravity-fed aqueduct, but the water must be rationed in the dry season. Tranquilla does not have a community bank or cooperative. The top needs expressed by the community were improvements to the water system and internet and a library for the school.

District: Antón

Province: Coclé

Homes : 1000
Population : 4500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No- only outpost
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with adequate sanitation : 100%
Education : Up to 6th grade

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Even though Panama is considered a country with a lot of economic growth, this growth doesn’t necessarily apply to all Panamanians, especially those in the rural areas. This results in large inequality when it comes to healthcare attention. As a consequence, access to health and dental care is one of the largest challenges for our partner communities. Hospitals and clinics are scarce in the rural areas where we work, and those that are accessible often lack proper staff, equipment, and medication.

The most prevalent illnesses in Tranquilla are common colds, renal failure, and hypertension.

251

Volunteers

2863

Patient Consultations

57

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

 

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

Some of the future ACeS worker’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Promoting healthy practices and maintaining contact with GB staff about their progress
  • Performing First Aid in the case of an emergency
  • Managing the Patient Referral cases of the community
  • Promoting involvement with other GB programs such as Human Rights, Public Health and Microfinance workshops
  • Recording and monitoring members of their respective communities who:
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a chronic disease
    • Are children under five
      years old

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade March 2014 30 City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College, Southern Methodist University, & Wake Forest University Medical Brigade August 2014 38
Duke University & Texas A&M International University Medical Brigade March 2015 32 Colgate University Medical Brigade March 2016 23
Chapman University Medical Brigade May 2017 45 University of Miami Medical Brigade December 2018 29
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2019 33 Boston College Medical Brigade January 2020 21

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.

851

Number of Dental Patients

132

Number of Extractions

560

Fluoride Applications

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade March 2014 30 City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College, Southern Methodist University, & Wake Forest University Medical Brigade August 2014 38
Duke University & Texas A&M International University Medical Brigade March 2015 32 Colgate University Medical Brigade March 2016 23
Chapman University Medical Brigade May 2017 45 University of Miami Medical Brigade December 2018 29
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Medical Brigade May 2019 33 Boston College Medical Brigade January 2020 21

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tranquilla but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of a water system infrastructure, or repairs to existing infrastructure will start as soon as feasible.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tranquilla but has not yet begun with the Business Program. In the planning phase, local staff is working with community members to assess the economic needs of the community, establish a community bank, and identify micro-enterprises that can benefit from on-brigade consultations.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Many community members in Tranquilla lacked the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. Sanitation stations (which include a latrine, shower, and sink) are necessary to facilitate hand-washing, allow water storage for hygienic processes, and offer privacy while bathing. Additionally, latrines improve hygiene practices and prevent contamination of natural water sources caused by open defecation. By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, Tranquilla’s inhabitants are hoping to avoid preventable diseases and adopt proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

55

Volunteers

10

Sanitation Units Installed

40

People Benefitted with PH Infrastructure

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter Date Number of Volunteers Chapter Date Number of Volunteers
University of Connecticut Medical Brigade January 2014 55

Local Reference Points

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