Our project has trained 14 local health care providers called brigadistas to provide basic health care to campesino families in 10 remote mountain villages. Brigadistas administer first aid and medications from mini-pharmacies called botiquines. Each month, our Nicaraguan doctor visits each village for consultations. Our local nurse refills the botiquines and meets with the brigadistas. Each brigadista sees 30-50 patients per month, in 10 villages: 300-500 total monthly, or 3600-5000 annually.
Campesinos -- farm workers -- and their families living in remote mountain villages around Ocotal in northern Nicaragua have very limited -- or nonexistent -- access to basic healthcare. Basic health care providers can ease a great deal of suffering.
Nicaragua-Projekt has trained 14 health care providers called brigadistas who volunteer to treat patients in 10 villages. Nicaragua-Projekt has hired a Nicaraguan general practitioner doctor and a local nurse who visit each of the villages once a month for consultations with patients and to resupply the mini-pharmacies the brigadistas have been trained to use.
The families in the 10 villages our project serves now have constant access to a local health care provider without charge. Serious problems can be referred to the project doctor who visits each of the villages once a month and is available for free consultations in Ocotal. The families have access to medications dispensed from the mini-pharmacies free of charge. During the past year, each brigadisata in each of 10 villages treated between 30 and 50 per month: 3600 to 5000 patient visits total.