Honduras, Global Medical Brigade
Read about Shraddha's 2019 experience in Philadelphia
"This year, our brigade was responsible for setting up a medical clinic for the Los Guasimos/Apali community, and the amount of care and help we were able to provide alongside the community members was definitely fulfilling and inspiring. In total, our brigade, GB staff and community volunteer team helped provide 689 patients with medical attention and 104 people with dental attention. Throughout the course of the brigade, we were able to give every single patient basic medicines like painkillers, parasite medication, and adult/children vitamins.
"In addition to educating children about dental hygiene through interactive presentations, assisting the OB/GYNs and dentists in their respective stations, shadowing the Honduran and American medical professionals who were providing care, and collecting vitals while conversing in Spanish to the locals in triage, my brigaders and I were able to have additional experiences outside the clinic setting. This included a house visit to see an older female patient with an ulcer due to venous insufficiency, an additional visit to a nearby community to teach schoolchildren about dental hygiene while performing fluoride treatment for them, and the chance to meet local community health workers to work with Global Brigades to provide medical care in the absence of brigades.
"We also participated in a "public health day" during which brigaders helped masons build eco-stoves (which use less wood than normal stoves) in the homes of community members to prevent chronic respiratory problems associated with normal stoves. Overall, being a leader for this brigade experience was life-changing. Over the course of that week, I felt that our brigade was able to make a true impact on the community, and the community (patients, volunteers, health workers, and more) made just as much of an impact on us. For those seven days, we were all a team helping to provide medical care while learning so much about Honduras, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with Global Brigades on another trip as eye-opening as this one.
Global Health in Philadelphia, Summer 2019
After her time in Honduras in 2017, Shraddha was eager to complete another global health experience. She stayed in Philadelphia this time, working on a project focused on naloxone distribution.
She presented about her experience at Drexel's 13th Annual Drexel Student Conference on Global Challenges on February 27. Her talk was "Community-Driven Solutions to Global Challenges: Naloxone Distribution in Philadelphia Communities." View a recording of the conference.
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