Whitnee's Global Medical Brigade
Organized by: Whitnee Schadd
As a junior studying Exercise Science with a focus in Pre-Med, I am always looking for opportunities to put to use all of the hard work and knowledge gained from my education at CMU. I am lucky enough to be participating in a great opportunity with a student organization on my campus that enables me to help others while further developing my own skills in health services. On this service trip I have the chance to personally work with under-resourced communities in Honduras or Nicaragua to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. This Spring break I will be traveling with a group of 35 students from CMU to either Honduras or Nicaragua with an organization called Global Medical Brigades. Global Medical Brigades is part of the world’s largest student-led health and sustainable development organization called Global Brigades. Each year Global Brigades mobilizes thousands of university students around the world to participate in 9 different skills-based programs to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities. Honduras is cited by the World Bank as the 3rd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti and Nicaragua and has been designated as a priority country by the Pan American Health organization/WHO Strategic Plan. The basic needs of education, health care, and clean water are luxuries for the majority of the people there, and in the rural communities where we will be working, these luxuries are even harder to find. It is highly common for a family of four to live on less than $2.00 a day with less than 3 gallons of water per day available for use. On my upcoming brigade, I will be working hand-in-hand with doctors and community members. Since the spring 2008, UNC Global Medical Brigades has run over 7 weeklong trips to Honduras, treating over 10,500 patients in rural, underserved communities that otherwise would have no access to medical care. Yet this is still barely scratching the surface of what we can do, we are working hard to bring even more aid to those who need it most. I really hope to be able to go on this trip to gain the experience of working in an underserved area and being able to shadow physicians in this setting. With my goal of going to medical school here at CMU, serving in rural communities is a strong focus of their program. This opportunity to go to either Honduras or Nicaragua will be life changing. I hope to affect the many lives of the people we will serve by providing them health care that they would not receive otherwise. Please join me in supporting the work that I will be doing in the underserved communities in Honduras or Nicaragua. This site is completely secure and all donations are tax-deductible. After you make a donation, you will automatically be emailed a tax receipt. Please let me know if you have any questions about my trip. I sincerely appreciate all of your positive thoughts and support!