INTAKE: After traveling for several hours or even days by foot or transportation, community members wait in line for the first station, which is intake.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with community volunteers to log the date of visit and patients’ name, age, gender and community residence. All of this information is documented into our electronic medical record system, Open MRS, which is hosted on a local server at the medical clinic so that the other stations can access the information.
TRIAGE: Volunteers will work with translators to record the following information for each patient, which will assist the healthcare professionals in diagnosis.
- Patient vitals, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Family history
- Chief complaints
CONSULTATION: Volunteers will shadow a licensed healthcare professional as they consult with patients. The licensed doctor will ask the patient additional questions and then diagnosis the patient and prescribe any necessary medications. During shadowing, the volunteer will have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions as well as assist the doctor in transcribing the information into the electronic medical records system.
DENTAL: At the Dental station, licensed Dentists will perform fluoride treatments and cleanings, as well as tooth extractions. Volunteers have the opportunity to shadow during these procedures and ask questions. Volunteers may also have the chance to assist children in learning proper teeth brushing techniques.
PHARMACY: Pack and distribute medications according to the prescriptions. Organize and upkeep medical supplies while work along-side the pharmacist for efficient distribution.
CHARLA: Prepare and present an informative lecture in Spanish to local children on good and bad habits, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and the effects of drinking soda. Pre-departure preparation is provided to enhance this vital educational component and allow Brigaders to engage with the children more effectively.
While patients’ prescriptions are being filled, they will received public health education in the following topics:
- Dental Care
- Understanding Personal Health
- Preventative Care
PUBLIC HEALTH: Volunteers, masons and families work together to implement projects to improve health, hygiene and sanitation. Eco-stoves to target respiratory diseases, latrines and water filters to decrease the spread of infectious diseases and parasites, and water storage units and showers to improve hand washing and hygiene.
Education workshops for school children and community leaders are provided to empower them with the knowledge to take action and make positive behavioral changes.The curriculum addresses topics such as personal hygiene, healthy lifestyle, pollution and cleanliness.