Our Medical program supports the holistic model with four core initiatives: mobile clinics, community health workers, patient referrals and regular access to doctors. Our unique model provides sustainable healthcare to community partners.
Mobile medical & dental clinics and preventative health workshops are implemented within partner communities through the utilization of student and health professional volunteers participating in 7-9 day volunteer trips called “Dental Brigades.”
Patients with severe diagnoses during medical & dental brigades are referred to local health clinics and hospitals for more advanced treatments. In appropriate cases, Global Brigades provides financial assistance for treatments.
Community Health Workers
Volunteers living in the community are trained by our staff to become Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs provide basic medical care, monitor chronic conditions, and serve as point persons for urgent care cases year-round.
Regular Doctor Access
Supported by hired local doctors and Global Brigades alumni doctors, the program will provide access to consultations on a quarterly basis.
Over the next three years from 2015-2017, we aim to achieve the following long-term Success Indicators:
- Increase in 20% of preventative care procedures (as percentage of total procedures)
2016 completed indicators
- Provide dental care to 15,000 patients with mobile dental clinics who have limited access to healthcare
- Ensure that 90% of children under 15 years olds attending mobile dental clinics receive fluoride treatments (does not apply to Ghana)
Provide fillings to 5,000 patients 90% of community partners have access to a dental unit during dental brigades