Spotlight on the Dental/Medical Brigade
Global Medical Brigades develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Our current focus is in Honduras where every year, student volunteers and health professionals travel to establish mobile medical clinics in under resourced communities. Each community that we partner with receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated and volunteers deliver public health workshops. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and conducts community health worker trainings to empower local leaders to perpetuate a consistent level of health care.
Last year's brigade was remarkably successful. Over 800 patients that would otherwise have little to no access to medical and dental care were seen by licensed physicians.
Medical: Josh Hollman & Greer Russell
Dental: Matt Heiken
Here are some details about the trip:
Who: Wash U Undergraduate / PostBac Students interested in medicine/oral health/ global health + 2 U.S. board certified physicians - Spanish speaking is not required! Some knowledge is helpful, but we will have translators with us at all times and do some medical Spanish lessons before our trip.
What: Mobile medical/dental clinic in underserved community plus one day of public health service volunteering (last year, we built eco-stoves which channel the smoke from cooking fires out of the home to reduce the high risk of lung cancer in women and children in these communities). During the clinic days there are general physicals, as well as pap smears, prostate exams, and even an optometry station. The dental station provides extractions and fillings.
Where: Honduras - specific location TBD. We will be staying at one of the Global Brigades compounds in Honduras but we won't know the exact location of which compound until we are assigned a community to serve midway through the fall semester by the international Global Brigades office in Honduras.
When: January 6-12, 2018
How: Price is dependent on a number of different factors, including medication costs, flight costs, and how much money we fundraise throughout the semester. Last year's cost was $1627 per person, so we anticipate it to be somewhere in that ballpark. This cost does include flights (to and from STL), which the leaders of the trip book in advance, and in country costs such as food, housing and transportation.