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Brigading for Better Health

As a result of COVID our Brigades in 2020 and 2021 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.

We plan to Brigade to rural Panama in March 2022. You can find the application under the "apply" tab. The deadline is listed with pertinent information on that page. If you have any questions feel free to email the Medical or Dental Brigade Presidents or Professor Brewster.


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. 

"It speaks great volumes about the quality of our university and the commitment of our students." - President E. Gordon Gee

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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 Medical and Dental Global Brigades Highlights

A first-hand look into some of the events West Virginia University's Global Brigaders experienced in rural Nicaragua.

WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades

To learn more about Global Brigades, check out their home page.

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