USF at the Villas del Carmen Community in Coclé

The International Health Services Collaborative (IHSC) of the University of South Florida (USF) visited the Villas del Carmen community in Coclé from the 15th to the 22nd of May.

During their stay they worked with Dr. Aleyda Tejeira, Regional Director of Health in Coclé, and Dr. Angel Alonzo, Regional Chief of Public Health, for the creation of self-sustainable health programs in the area. The IHSC is headed by Dr. Arturo Rebollón, scholarship holder of the researchers program of SENACYT and by Raymond de Cuba, medicine and public health student of the USF.

The program included an evaluation of community needs, medical rounds, the construction of 14 modified latrines and donations to the primary school of Villas del Carmen.  Thanks to the great success they had this initiative will be repeated every 6 months in different communities of the area.  The organization has actively participated in self-sustainable health programs inside difficult access communities in the Ngabe Buglé region, Veraguas and Coclé, always at the service of the most needed communities in the region.

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