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Public Health Brigade Overview

Through Public Health Brigades, volunteers empower rural communities to prevent common illnesses through in-home infrastructural development, community leader training, and health education.

 

Sample Itinerary

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Brigade Components
Introduction to Brigades / Prep / PH Introduction & CHW Charla

Introductory talks about the Global Brigades model, public health program, and basic cultural sensitivity will be given.

 

Community Tour / Meet with Families / Meet with CSB and CHWs

Volunteers will be introduced to the community. Specifically, your team will become more familiar with the health issues facing your community and Honduras as a whole. This day will include a tour of the community, an introduction to the families with whom your group will be working, and a meeting with members of the Basic Sanitation Committee (BSC) and with Community Health Workers (CHWs).

 

Community Health Worker House Visits

Volunteers go on house visits with the CHWs to perform household health analyses, offer recommendations for improvement, assist with chronic patient care, and analyze patient history records.

 

Public Health Project Construction

Volunteers will divide into teams of 2-4 people and work alongside Honduran community members and trained masons to build either a latrine, water storage unit ("pila"), eco-stove, shower, and/or concrete floors. While these projects are labor-intensive, you will be working side-by-side with local masons, so anyone can take part regardless of expertise.

 

Meeting with Basic Sanitation Committee & Education Day / Despedida with Families

Volunteers will collaborate with Basic Sanitation Committee members to present an educational workshop to children in the primary school. Each group will receive their education topic and projected audience before they leave for the brigade, and will have time to work on the session during the brigade. After the workshop, you will have a final "despedida" (good-bye) with the family.

 

Evening Reflections

Volunteers will participate in nightly reflections and group discussions. The evenings are an excellent time to enhance your brigade experience by reflecting with your group on the impact and significance of your day's work and learning about the country's culture and history. There will also be free time in the evenings for volunteers to prepare for the next day, relax, and socialize. 

Public Health Brigades are currently not offered in Panama.

Through Public Health Brigades, volunteers empower rural communities to prevent common illnesses through in-home infrastructural development, community leader training, and health education.

 

Sample Itinerary

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Brigade Components 
Visit Community & Introduction to Families

Volunteers will be introduced to the community. Specifically, your team will become more familiar with the health issues facing your community and Honduras as a whole. This day will include a tour of the community and an introduction to the families with whom your group will be working.

 

Staff Introductions

Introductory talks about the Global Brigades model and public health program will be given.

 

Public Health Project Construction

Volunteers will divide into teams of 2-4 people and work alongside Honduran community members and trained masons to build either a latrine, shower, and/or concrete floors. While these projects are labor-intensive, you will be working side-by-side with local masons, so anyone can take part regardless of expertise.

 

Charlas

Volunteers will present educational workshops to children in the primary school. Each group will receive their education topic and projected audience before they leave for the brigade, and will have time to work on the session during the brigade.

 

Evening Reflections

Volunteers will participate in nightly reflections and group discussions. The evenings are an excellent time to enhance your brigade experience by reflecting with your group on the impact and significance of your day's work and learning about the country's culture and history. There will also be free time in the evenings for volunteers to prepare for the next day, relax, and socialize. 

Public Health Brigades are currently not offered in Ghana.

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