What is Global Medical Brigades?

Global Brigades (GB) is the world’s largest student-led international development organization. As a secular, California-based 501c3 nonprofit organization, we empower university students and young professionals nation-wide to provide communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment. Global Brigades takes action through a variety of disciplines: medical, dental, public health, micro finance, business, law, architecture, water, and environmental brigades.  At UCLA, we plan to build a foundation of volunteers and leaders, each motivated to make a profound impact on our world. Additionally, we hope to create a movement of social responsibility and apply the knowledge we learn abroad to our own structural inequality at home.

Medical Brigades develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. The program focuses in the countries of Honduras, Panama, and Ghana, where more than 3,000 annual student volunteers and health professionals travel to establish mobile medical clinics in under resourced communities. Each community that we partner with receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated and volunteers deliver public health workshops. Between brigades the in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and conducts community health worker trainings to empower local leaders to perpetuate a consistent level of health care.

Global Brigades offers 7 and 10 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama, and Ghana for volunteers to participate in. Student volunteers can get involved with an upcoming Medical Brigade by joining a local student club on their college campus or creating a new club and recruiting a group of students. Health professionals can also participate a brigade by viewing our calendar for an upcoming brigade and joining as a medical professional.

To work with licensed medical professionals and community health workers to provide comprehensive health services in rural communities with limited access to healthcare. Our current focus is in Honduras, Ghana, and Panama.
5 Year Vision (2011-2016)
Over the next five years we plan to mobilize 31,000 volunteers to facilitate healthcare in 95 communities, providing: 850,000 consultations, 212,000 preventative procedures, and 200,000 hours of health education.

Click here for a brochure about Medical Brigades in Honduras and Panama.

Click here for a brochure about Medical Brigades in Ghana.

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