Extending their influence and civic-mindedness across international borders, the Castleton University Nursing Department recently created its own medical brigade chapter under the Global Brigades organization and are set to travel to Honduras in early March for their first medical mission. Tasked with providing sustainable medical and dental care to the local communities, the student led group, accompanied by two faculty and staff advisors, will spend nearly an entire week delivering various healthcare services to more than 1,000 people.
Beginning their voyage on March 5, 2018, the group will perform the duties of patient intake, data informatics, triage, consultation, gynecology, dental, vision, pharmacy, and dental care for children, while working alongside various medical providers. During their trip, they will also organize and run a one-day public health component, on the topics of building eco-stoves or sanitation stations.
“Our mission is to volunteer in under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to collaboratively work towards an equal world,” said Senior Nursing Department Staff Assistant Stephanie Cleveland.
In preparation for the trip, students are responsible for fundraising to purchase necessary supplies and medications for the abroad visit. The group will host two fundraisers including a basket raffle on September 23 and a 5k race on October 21, as well as host a $500 raffle event and collection of supply donations from a list of necessary items, such as toothbrushes, soaps, shampoos, and various over the counter medications, on September 16 as part of Castleton’s Homecoming and Family Weekend.
For more information or additional ways to show your support, visit the Castleton Global Brigades website.
ABOUT GLOBAL BRIGADE
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004 Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through eight skill-based service programs to improve quality of life in under-resourced communities through partner organizations in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ghana.