Chaguite 2013

Chaguite 2013

In the past five years, the majority of MANOS’s community-based research has been focused in a single subcommunity of Cuje named Chaguite. Through basic ethnographic research, GIS techniques, and social networks analysis, the team has developed understandings that allow meaningful partnering with residents and leaders to advance short, mid-range, and longer-term strategies to mitigate underlying health problems and to improve access to health care.

In May of 2012, community members and MANOS signed a five-year plan of action (5YP) that identified water access, nutrition, and the environment as Chaguite’s primary health concerns. MANOS students and community residents began by working to achieve the first goal delineated by the 5YP, improved community-wide access to freshwater. Joint efforts led to the current partnership with Engineers Without Borders: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Chapter. EWB is still undertaking evaluations of Chaguite’s topography and infrastructure (both physical and social).

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Summer 2013