Las Mangas Healthcare Access
Las Mangas has a health center that serves around 3,600 people
from Las Mangas and several smaller, surrounding communitites.
All children in the area receive immunizations in addition to vitamins
and anti-parasitics once a year. The center's staff consists of one
doctor and two nurses, but oftenhas insufficient medical supplies,
especially medications. Patients must travel to Matagalpa to receive
care for more serious illnesses.
Las Mangas is home to about 1,800 people and has about 300
homes, with an average of 6 inhabitants per home. Las Mangas
is the center of a larger area including several other communities.
Since the other communities do not have health centers, they
have to travel Las Mangas to receive care. Although these are
the communities that pertain to the health center in Las Mangas,
there are even more communities that visit during the brigade to
receive medical care.
Brigade Site Information
Medical brigades use the Las Mangas health center as their brigade
site. The health center consists of two small, adjacent builldings,
each having 3 rooms. The intake, traige, and charla stations are
held outside of the health center. The consultation rooms, dental
station, and pharmacy are located inside the health center buildings.
Current Community Initiatives
There are currently no other community initiatives taking place in
Las Mangas. This was the first brigade held in this community, but
we look forward to returning to Las Mangas in the future. The
Community Health Workers program is currently being developed
in Nicaragua and will be initiated in this community in the future.
Community Health Statistics
Below is a chart showing the illnesses treated on our most recent
brigade to Las Mangas.
|Illness Type||# of Cases|
|Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat
Last Visit: August 2015
This past August, a combined group of students from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College, Long Island Medical, and Wake Forest University traveled to Las Mangas for their Medical and Dental Brigade. This was the first brigade ever held in Las Mangas. With approximately 35 student volunteers and the help of local community volunteers, they saw 1,342 medical patients from Las Mangas and smaller surrounding communities over 3 days.
|Number of Houses
|Average # Persons Per House
|Most Common Illness||GastroIntestinal Problems|
|Most Recent Brigade Date||August 2015
|General Community Profile|
|Pre-Brigade Lesson Plans|