Medical/Dental Brigade

The largest student-led movement for global health

A prescription for sustainable health

Global Medical Brigades is an international movement of students and medical professionals working alongside local communities and staff to implement sustainable health systems. We work in remote, rural, and under resourced communities in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Ghana who would otherwise have limited to no access to health care.

Primary Health Care Clinic Model

Chapters provide primary health care services to small, under resourced, rural communities with limited to no access to medical care. Physicians provide patient consults and prescribe treatment for acute illnesses. Students work in triage, shadow physicians, provide education workshops, and help to distribute medicine in the pharmacy.

7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of community needs and healthcare access, volunteers will have the opportunity to first accompany Community Health Workers on patient home visits. For the majority of the Brigade, volunteers will then work with healthcare professionals during mobile medical clinics, providing assistance to hundreds of community members. At the end of the Brigade, volunteers will have a chance to address some of the causes for the medical issues seen during the clinics, by building in-home public health infrastructure for families, such as latrines, concrete floors and eco-stoves.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
8:00am Medications Packing Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Community Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm Treat Chronic Conditions with Community Health Worker
3:00pm Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Staff Intros & More Med Packing Reflection Reflection Reflection Last Reflection
8:00pm Data Input & Med Packing Data Input & Med Packing Data Input & Med Packing

Individual Program Contribution

Volunteers work together with their chapter to fundraise for their individual contributions. Each individual program contribution includes everything needed for the medical brigade: medicine, equipment, local doctors, local dentists, pharmacists, translators, support staff, ground transportation, food, lodging, public health construction supplies, and emergency medical insurance. Airfare not included.

Safety

Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

In Nicaragua

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with U.S. Embassy in Managua;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.

Lodging Facilities

Global Brigades does an annual safety review of all lodging facility partners each year. Most lodging facilities provide pillows, bedsheets and towels. Facilities have showers, toilets and sinks with running water (no hot water) as well as filtered clean drinking water dispensers onsite. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.

All of the above information can be found at http://medicalbrigades.org/medical-brigades/