Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

A Holistic View

Global Brigades uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of monitoring and guidance. Through our unique model, we are able to develop a system to provide sustainable healthcare to our community partners.


Empowered Communities | All Programs Implemented

# Community Name Country Population
1 El Zurzular Honduras 600
2 El Canton Honduras 500
3 El Ojochal Honduras 250
4 Palo Verde Honduras 250
5 Guaricayán Honduras 185
6 El Jute Honduras 380
7 El Junco y Joyas Honduras 200
8 El Encinal Honduras 185
9 Fray Lazaro Honduras 550
10 Tomatin Honduras 250
11 Piriati Embera Panama 780

Sustainable Healthcare

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.

Dental Brigades

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.”

Patient Referrals

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.

Success Indicators

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

Annual Reports