This summer I travelled with 8 other students to Honduras to work with Global Brigades, a student led NGO that works with local communities, to deliver global health and holistic development programs. Honduras is a less well travelled country due to safety concerns but working alongside Global Brigades alleviated my worries from the moment we met Rob, one of our program associates, at the airport.
Our first day was spent sorting and packing medications ready for the 3-day medical brigade where we would visit the community of Los Terrones.
During the medical clinics we spent our days triaging patients, observing doctor-patient consultations, delivering public health education sessions and allocating medications.
After the medical clinic we travelled to La Concepcion to deliver a public health project. Our volunteers divided into 3 groups and it meant we were able to provide 3 families with concrete floors, latrines and pilas (a clean water storage unit).
Visiting Honduras with Global Brigades has been an amazing and memorable experience. I have learnt about the health inequalities that exist on a global level and I have been fortunate enough to provide people with basic sanitation to help prevent the spread of the life threatening communicable diseases that we saw doctors treat daily on the medical brigade. We were well looked after in our lodgings which included some breath taking views of a truly beautiful country and authentic Honduran food such as Baleadas.
In addition to the work we did out there I met some wonderful people as our Edinburgh group paired with Eastern Michigan University. This experience has led me to continue the work I do with Edinburgh University Medical Aid International society in the hope of providing more students the opportunity to volunteer with Global Brigades!