Southeast Pre-Med Students Get First-Hand Experience in Honduras

Southeast Pre-Med  Students Get First-Hand Experience in Honduras

For the past three summers, a group of Southeast pre-med students has extended a helping hand, traveling to Honduras for nine days to help organize and implement global health equality as part of Global Brigades, the largest student-led movement for global health and holistic development. It is an international non profit organization that empowers communities in Central America and West Africa to enhance programs related to public health, water, human rights, dental, engineering, business, and medical issues.

Since its inception, the Global Brigades program has treated 1,124,479 patients and given 16,341 people access to clean water.

Southeast’s Global Medical Brigades chapter began in February 2016. Students volunteer with trained professionals to provide health services to people who live in rural communities and have limited access to health care. During the trip, three of the days are spent focusing on a medical clinic, and another three days on a public health project. Southeast students built eco-stoves, latrines, water storage units, showers, and concrete floors. Students also got the opportunity to shadow local and foreign doctors as they provided consultations and medications to the patients in Honduras.

“Although I loved the medical part of the brigade, the public health portion was my favorite part,” says Alexis Engelhart, student founder of Southeast’s Global Medical Brigades chapter. “It’s a beautiful and indescribable thing to experience the love and appreciation from the families after giving them something as simple as a concrete floor.”

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