What is a brigade?

A medical brigade consists of dedicated volunteers and health professionals who travel to rural areas of Honduras to provide free medical care to underserved communities.

A Medical Brigade in Central America provides volunteers with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on communities while gaining real life experience in the field of international medicine. Prior to travel, volunteers collect medicines, recruit health professionals and fundraise.  Once in Central America, the team will visit up to four different partner communities to administer day-long clinics and conduct health workshops.  

The mobile clinic has five stations: intake (recording patient demographic information), triage (collecting main complaints and vitals), consultations (shadowing doctors as they diagnose and prescribe), pharmacy (filling prescriptions), and education (delivering workshops on preventive healthcare). We also hope to add a dental station to our 2010 trip! Evenings prior to each brigade, groups talk about the health needs of the specific communities, organize medicine, and delegate duties for the next day.