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Global Medical Brigades

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BC: UC Santa Cruz Global Medical Brigade

FC: University of California, Santa Cruz | Global Medical | Summer 2009

1: This book is dedicated to North Coast Vision Optometry. With your support we were able to raise over $32,000 in medication and supplies. We successfully treated over 1,000 underserved people of Honduras over a week brigade.

2: Global Medical Brigades is an international network of more than 50 university clubs and volunteer organizations that provide communities in developing nations with sustainable health care solutions. Our current emphasis is in Honduras, where nearly 1,000 GMB volunteers travel annually to deliver services to our 40 communities. In 2007, GMB volunteers provided aid to nearly 40,000 patients in low-income villages with limited to no access to medicine otherwise.

4: Over nine months of fundraising and asking for donations, we were able to gather over $32,000 (awp) in medication and supplies.

5: With over 26 luggages filled with medicine and supplies, students had to bring their personal belongings on their carry-on. Now we head onto the plane for a 7 hour flight!

7: Posada Azul, Honduras, C.A. | Posada Azul, couple hours from Tegucigalpa, is a sub-project of Sociedad de los Amigos Ninos (SAN), a non-profit committed to creating a safe and special place for the orphaned, neglected and abused children of Honduras. Students had the privelege of staying here for the week of their brigade.

9: The Orphanage | As one of the most well known and respected nonprofits in Honduras, SAN provides a nurturing environment for the neglected and impoverished children of Honduras. SAN supplies shelter, health care, education, training and the opportunity to live in dignity to children and families ravaged by extreme poverty. The founder, Sister Maria Rosa Leggol was born November 21, 1926 in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. From her own experience as an orphan, Sister Maria Rosa has always been concerned with the needs of the poor and inspired to create better conditions and a more loving environment for the children of Honduras. With love, faith, dedication, and hard work, Sister Maria Rosa has rescued and educated over 35,000 children who today are productive citizens of Honduras.

12: Preparation for the Brigade | The night before, we pack medication to treat over 300 patients per day | The medication is packed into luggages and then loaded onto the truck.

13: 5:30am sunrise over the hills of Honduras

14: A medical brigade consists of student volunteers and medical professionals to provide health care to in-need communities. The group functions like a mobile medical unit, setting up small clinics to diagnose and treat patients at no cost. From in-take, to triage, to medical consultations, to filling the prescriptions, the volunteers experience the many realms of the medical profession under the guidance of licensed medical professionals.

15: Villages that we served ranged from one to three hours away

16: Six Stations of a medical brigade | Intake | Triage | Consultation | Triage

17: Dental | Pharmacy | Charla

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