diseases, including cholera and typhoid, according to the World Health Organization. In some countries, ninety percent of children suffer from waterborne diseases and intestinal parasites
Medical equipment such as EKGs, Sonogram (Ultrasound) machines, and blood analyzers are usually available only in large hospitals. Many common, inexpensive drugs are unavailable because the pharmaceutical companies doing business in developing countries are selling expensive brand name drugs with higher specificity, but equal or less efficacy. The need for more doctors, physician assistants, and nurses throughout Honduras is apparent, but most specifically in the rural regions. It is clear that children suffer the worst consequences from the poor public health services.
The Solution is de-centralized healthcare providedby building healthcare clinics in remote communities thus improving medical coverage for a larger segment of the population. Developing programs for under-served communities, by building new clinical facilities and providing staff, equipment, and drugs should make a world of difference. The emphasis for these facilities should be pediatric and prenatal care.
- Provide and equip Mobile Healthcare Units with the proper equipment, supplies, and staff to treat remote locations.
- Provide community-based education for disease prevention, maintenance, sanitation, and elimination of vectors.
- Provide a permanent overseer of the medical services, equipment, and training, provided through the use of this funding, with adequate oversight by professional health and financial auditors.
- Provide private management of these resources with permanent on-site workers.
- A new clinic should be built and supplied with standard medical equipment consisting of a small x-ray machine, a sonogram machine, a blood analyzer, a microscope, stethoscopes, otolaryngology scopes, needles, catheters, bandages, pharmaceuticals, basic first aid, etc.
The clinic should be large enough for examining rooms, a waiting room, radiology facility, TeleMed/TeleHeath Systems, and a secure supply room for the storage of pharmaceuticals. It should also have other rooms for medical supplies, male and female lavatories, doctors’ offices, a reception room, adequate ventilation and electrical outlets, and a janitorial storage room. Additionally, emergency lighting and systems should be provided in every examining room. Finally, the buildings should all be sustainable so as to not be out of commission during a natural disaster or to risk being shut down due to problems with the local utilities.By incorporating wind and solar energy, potable fresh water sources, and waste management technologies the medical facilities will have the resources required to function at all times.
In addition to creating medical facilities, residential housingwould also be required in order to make the best use of these resources. Due to possible remote locations, cottages should be built for permanently housing the staff. Separate cottages are needed for male and female staff. One should have at least two bedrooms; the other can have three or more bedrooms. These dwellings should similarly be sustainable and not grid dependent.