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This past intersession - January of 2018, University of San Diego Medical Brigades, volunteer physicians, translators, and community members were able to give healthcare to over 737 patients from over 8 communities within Nicaragua, all due to the generous donations and support we received in preparing for the brigade. For this brigade in specific, 67% of our patients were female, and over 46% of our patients were under 20 years old. We were able to identify that Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, and Musculoskeletal were the most prevalent diagnoses within this community. Having been the second brigade group to enter this region of Nicaragua, we were able to help at the origin of diagnoses and received the opportunity to build 6 latrines for families without bathrooms and sterile water in the Sabana de Enmedio community.

Without your donations and generosity, successful missions such as this, and every previous brigade, would not be possible.

For your understanding, time, and support, we express our greatest appreciation. You empower us to form and build a community of service and appreciation that we are grateful to be a part of.

Although you may not meet the ultimate beneficiaries of your donation, the appreciation of the people of Honduras will resonate across our borders. On behalf of the global community of Medical Brigades, we thank you.

"I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people."

- Eduardo Galeano

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Description

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in various parts of the world such as Honduras, Panama, Ghana and Nicaragua. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations in various fields, educate locals in the community about the importance of hygiene and ways to achieve it as well as assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. This is a great experience for both the volunteers and the communities we serve!

Please consider supporting our next brigade to Honduras, June 2018!

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With these generous donations, you will directly impact our current and future communities in need by helping us pay for:

-The time of both local and abroad physicians; such as our general practitioners, OBGYN's, Ophthalmologists, as well as our acquired dentists.

-Medical supplies: from toothbrushes to shampoo in hygiene packs, to cough and allergy pills, necessary medications for diagnosed illnesses, and local anesthetic for dental patients.

-Domestic necessities for families: concrete to replace those of dirt/mud, latrines, toilets, washboards, etc.

-Our ability to travel and provide educational seminars for community members of all ages, reinforcing a society of learning, communication, and collaboration in all means related to health.

Why are donations necessary?

As an entirely student run organization, team fundraising is essential to our brigade’s success. With your help, we are not only able to physically arrive in-country, we are able to provide intangible antidotes: knowledge, empowerment, attention and motivation, all of which catalyze a positively-changing community.