Friends of Ocote Paulino Medical brigades
Organized by: S Gid
Many in Honduras live in poverty and lack adequate clean water, substantial housing, and medical and dental health care. They often live in remote rural and mountainous areas which inhibit their access to basic medical and dental services. Our mission is to work with the Honduran community to improve the life and health of the people living in the Ocote Paulino area. In addition, the brigades provide a setting for training of health care professionals and volunteers in international health care and program development.
Specific goals include:
To collaborate with local leaders in Honduras to identify specific needs in the community in regard to medical care, public health, and health promotion.
To assist the Honduran community in meeting the identified health needs by providing short-term volunteer teams as well as financial assistance.
To provide support to the Honduran community to ultimately assume responsibility for the health and well-being of their community.
Current projects with the Ocote Paulino community include:
Clinic support staff, medical supplies, vitamins & medications
Child Health Initiative: a nutritional, dental care & parasite prevention program
Distribution of donated reading & sunglasses
Purchase & distribution of locally-made water filters for homes & schools
Purchase of materials for chimneys to help reduce exposure to smoke
Purchase of materials to build latrines & concrete floors for homes
Purchase of materials to initiate vegetable gardens to feed the poor
Ocote Paulino is located in the mountains of northwestern Honduras in the department of Yoro. Approximately 3000 people live in this rural, isolated village of 350 families. Spanish is spoken. There are cell phone towers, limited running water, and electricity in the village. Because of their location and poverty, the Hondurans here have limited access to quality health care.
There is a village clinic staffed by a local public health nurse and her assistant. They provide medical care with limited government resources to the villagers of Ocote Paulino and surrounding small villages (aldeas). A health promoter works with the clinic staff especially in outreach to the aldeas.
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