Sustainable Health Systems
Our Medical program supports the holistic model with four core initiatives: mobile clinics, community health workers, patient referrals and the community pharmacy. View Full Medical Program Methodology.
Mobile medical clinics and preventative health workshops are implemented within partner communities through the utilization of student and health professional volunteers participating in 7-9 day volunteer trips called “Medical Brigades.”
Patients with severe diagnoses during medical brigades are referred to local health clinics and hospitals for more advanced treatments. In appropriate cases, Global Brigades provides financial assistance for treatments.
Community Health Workers
Volunteers living in the community are trained by our staff to become Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs provide basic medical care, monitor chronic conditions, and serve as point persons for urgent care cases year-round.
Specialized doctors conduct regular visits to the community to follow-up with chronic patients, care for acute illnesses and supply a community pharmacy with adequate medicine.
Over the next three years from 2015-2017, we aim to achieve the following long-term Success Indicators:
- Create a community-paid healthcare system
- Increase the number of negative diagnoses from pap smears by at least 20%
- And we aim to continue to achieve all of our goals without a single instance of malpractice.
2016 completed indicators
- Provide consultations to 132,000 patients with mobile medical clinics who have limited access to healthcare
- Provide 138 community partners with a Medical Brigade at least two times per year
Raise $20,000 to support the Patient Referral Program At least 60% of adult patients participate in the health education station during Medical Brigades Train 70 new Community Health Workers