Medical Brigades and Dental Brigades at UC San Diego are chapters of Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Volunteers provide urgent and preventive services in communities with limited access to healthcare. The UCSD chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually.
Medical Brigades develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Dental Brigades provides Hondurans with dental hygiene care, proper oral hygiene instructions, restorative care to the teeth that can be saved and extractions for the ones that cannot. Each community receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated and volunteers deliver public health workshops. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
To improve equality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet.
To resolve global health and economic disparities by empowering student volunteers, local professionals, and community members in a collaborative holistic approach to sustainable development
PANAMA June 21 – 28, 2014
Global Brigades offers a 7 day Dental Brigade for volunteers to participate in throughout the year in Panama. Dental Brigade volunteers have the opportunity to shadow licensed dentists in urgent and preventive dental services in communities with limited access to healthcare. Dental Brigades also focuses on prevention with dental hygiene workshops. Between brigades, the in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up to ensure any dental procedures were successful and to conduct community health worker trainings to empower local leaders to perpetuate a consistent level of dental care. In conjunction with the Medical Brigades program, about 40 groups of passionate volunteers travel annually to Panama to establish mobile dental clinics in 30 of our community partners. Each of our community partners receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated with fillings, cleanings and extractions, and are given dental hygiene workshops…
Brigade at Panama