Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

A Holistic View

Global Brigades uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably transitioning to a relationship of impact monitoring.


Sustainably Transitioned Communities

# Community Name Country Population
1 El Zurzular Honduras 600
2 El Canton Honduras 500
3 El Ojochal Honduras 250
4 Palo Verde Honduras 250
5 Guaricayán Honduras 185
6 El Jute Honduras 380
7 El Junco y Joyas Honduras 200
8 El Encinal Honduras 185
9 Fray Lazaro Honduras 550
10 Pajarillos Honduras 1,027
11 Tomatin Honduras 250

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 Clinics

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.”

Patient Referrals

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.

Community Pharmacy

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.

Success Indicators

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

Annual Reports