Global Medical Brigades program.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medical students (Travel)
Medical students (Services)
Health care teams (Travel)
Health care teams (Services)
Community health services (Management)
Community health services (Finance)
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2008 Source Volume: 104 Source Issue: 6
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information; 200 Management dynamics; 250 Financial management Computer Subject: Company business management; Company financing
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Honduras Geographic Code: 2HOND Honduras
Accession Number: 201087174
Full Text: A Marshall team that included 17 medical students and faculty member Richard Crespo, Ph.D., traveled to Honduras in July to provide health services in a rural village as part of the Global Medical Brigades program.

Medical student Megan Thomas, who spearheaded the trip, said the biggest thing she and her fellow students learned was the need for a more sustainable health system for rural villages. Global Medical Brigades tries to make villages self-sustaining within 5 years, she said.

Students took a supply of medications with them for the project. In addition to providing basic medical care, the students built a prototype oven that villagers can reproduce to vent cooking smoke outdoors.

The trip was funded primarily through the Paul W. Ambrose Memorial Fund at the School of Medicine, Thomas said.

The fund was created to honor Ambrose, a 1995 graduate of the School of Medicine who was working on health policy matters at the national level before losing his life in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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