Panama: Health center opens in Kankintu

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About 20,000 people live in the area where MSF works. Since 1998, MSF has been working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health to extend the care network in the area. A new health center in the village of Kankintu was completed in early 2001 and from this base the team trains, supervises, and supports local medical staff and traditional birth attendants working here and at two other health posts, also built by MSF. Mother and child health care is an important aspect of the program. With the help of local health committees, MSF vaccinates residents and donates medicines. In order to improve detection and treatment of certain diseases, such as tuberculosis and leishmaniasis, MSF has installed a small laboratory in the health center in Kankintu. MSF has been working in Panama since 1992. CAPTION: A Colombian man pulls up dead plants from his mountainside field. This area was sprayed in an effort to eradicate suspected coca and poppy plants. International staff: 6 National staff: 16