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Brigading for Better Health

As a result of COVID our Brigades in 2020, 2021, and 2022 were unable to travel. In March 2019, we traveled to Honduras where we facilitated our medical and dental clinics and worked on nine public health projects. Our clinics this year took us to the El Chichicaste and San Francisco communities where we saw nearly 1600 patients. We worked in groups of six to complete nine public health projects in the beautiful community of Suyapa. In May, we traveled to Ghana where we were able to work in the Ekumpoano community to provide medical clinics and complete six public health projects.

You can find the Spring Break 2023 application under the apply tab. We will be traveling to Panama where we will spend 9 days on brigade. During the brigade we will collaborate with local professionals in medical/dental clinics and public health work. There will be an informational session on Wednesday, September 7 in G-21 Ming Hsieh Hall.


Over the last several years we have been able to brigade in all four countries that Global Brigades operates. Our orgs, the Global Medical and Global Dental Brigades have travelled to rural Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, and Ghana where they facilitated medical, dental, and public health tasks. Over the course of the brigades, students worked with medical and dental professionals to provide medical and dental care to patients. Students were tasked with public health initiatives, assisting local masons and artisans in the construction of septic tanks, washing stations, biodigesters, and the mixing and laying of concrete flooring. In addition, the students split into groups to work on water brigades' projects that help improve access to water in these small communities as we help dig trenches and lay piping that will serve entire communities. 

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Medical Brigades

Medical Brigades

During the first half of the Global Brigades experience, students are tasked with responsibilities such as intake, triage, consultation, pharmacy, and charla.

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Dental Brigades

While tasked with Medical Brigade responsibilities, students are additionally tasked with assisting dental workers in providing dental care to patients.

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Public Health

Public Health Brigades

During the last half of the Global Brigades experience, students are tasked with performing public health services that benefit the community and its members.

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WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades

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