Emory Global Brigades’ Medical and Dental Chapter leads an annual trip to Honduras to provide comprehensive medical and dental services to rural communities through a free clinic. In Guatemala, our goal is to empower underserved populations through a sustainable and holistic approach that pushes against voluntourism. We work alongside licensed healthcare professionals to provide primary care, allowing volunteer students to gain valuable clinical and shadowing experience.
All efforts from the campaign will be put towards making the trip happen; every dollar will be invested into medical and dental supplies, the housing/living costs of volunteers, and our flights to Honduras. Global Brigades emphasizes utilizing community resources to build up Guatemalan health systems. This includes paying for an all-female staff to cook/clean for us, training local women to develop mason skills to help build sanitization stations (such as plumbing systems or ecostoves), and employing Guatemalans to serve as translators and Brigade facilitators. This way, the impact of the Brigade lasts long after students leave.
Lastly, as a university chapter, our goal is to limit financial barriers as much as we can for our students so anyone interested in the trip can receive the opportunity without worrying about costs. Students who have previously gone on the trip say this Brigade has changed their perspective on medicine and have influenced their career paths. We want this opportunity to be accessible to all students. Any donation would make a huge impact in not only Guatemala, but the paths of many pre-health students.