Community Health Development

Thirty remote mountain communities in the Lago de Yojoa area are chosen to participate in the Community Health Development Program.  They each must meet criteria such as  how far they are from a health care facility, lack of safe water or sanitary systems, whether they have been served by other aid organizations, and safe access.  All communities must demonstrate a commitment to participating in health education and agree to a formal partnership.

 

Communities receive general health care from medical teams twice a year, including general check ups, vision and dental care, vitamin distribution, fluoride, and anti-parasite treatments, and referrals to other FOB services.

 

In exchange for medical treatment received, communities participate in health related training and educational workshops on nutrition, reproductive health, hygiene, and malaria prevention.  A health committee is established in each village to promote the program, and a health volunteer is identified, trained, and equipped to act in this role.

 

Since the year 2000...

432,735

patient encounters receiving free

health care

46,000

vision exams

2,600

pediatric eye screenings

13,500

patients receiving free dental care

3,750

volunteers have traveled to Honduras with Friends of Barnabas

1,354

life saving or life changing surgeries  performed

14,000

fluoride treatments

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