Xepac

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  • Medical
  • Dental

Overview

Xepac is located within central Guatemala. The typical house is made of adobe, cement blocks, or wood. Children in the community have access to a primary school. There is a gravity water system in the community which uses groundwater as its source. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The languages spoken in the community are Spanish and Kaqchikel.

Municipality: Tecpán Guatemala

Department: Chimaltenango

Homes : 185
Population : 1800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Number of Children under 12 : 460
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 20 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Tecpán Guatemala is a municipality of the Chimaltenango department situated 87 kilometers west of Guatemala City. Over 90% of the population in the municipality are part of Mayan indigenous groups. Public health care in Guatemala falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPAS) which has 2,200 service units across the country.  Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available. Health worker density in rural communities is to 3.0 per 10,000 persons as opposed to 25.7 to 10,000 in urban areas of Guatemala. There are major gaps in health care services between rural indigenous and urban populations in Guatemala.

Community members in Xepac have access to a health center in their community, but the services provided do not meet the needs of the community.  During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders shared that the most common illnesses were diarrhea, common cough, and cold.

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Volunteers

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Patient Consultations

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Vision Screenings Provided

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Health Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school has 9 rooms, where the various medical stations are conducted. Patients from the nearby community of Xecoxol may also attend Medical Brigades in Xepac.

The community of Xepac looks forward to its first Medical Brigade with Global Brigades in 2020.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: N/A

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Xecoxol

BRIGADE SITE: Community School

VOLUNTEERS IN XEPAC

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
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Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE  ACCESS:

In 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 dentist within a reasonable distance.

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Patient Consultations

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Number of Extractions

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Fillings Performed

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Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school has 9 rooms, where the various medical stations are conducted. Patients from the nearby community of Xecoxol may also attend Medical Brigades in Xepac.

The community of Xepac looks forward to its first Medical Brigade with Global Brigades in 2020.

AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: N/A

NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Xecoxol

BRIGADE SITE: Community School

VOLUNTEERS IN XEPAC

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
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Local Reference Points

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