Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

Be the CHANGE in Global Health

Medical Brigades host mobile medical clinics in Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Ghana, and Greece to support preventative and primary healthcare in communities where access to healthcare is limited or does not exist.

Learn about the different Brigades within each country

Clinic Stations

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Station 1: 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.


NOTE: This may vary from programming country, feel free to reach out to your Program Associate for support.


Station 2: 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
  • Allergies
  • Family history
  • Chief complaints



Station 3: 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.


Station 4: Dental

All Medical Brigades are encouraged to recruit Dentists and volunteers interested in Dentistry in order to host a Dental station. 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.


*  If you have a Brigade in Greece, this station will not be included.



Station 5: Extra Stations

Medical Brigades are encouraged to recruit healthcare professionals and bring supplies for additional specialty stations, such as:

  • Gynecology
  • Optometry
  • Physical Therapy

Station 6: Prescription Drop-Off

All patients will be given a prescription slip to drop off at the pharmacy station. At the pharmacy station, volunteers will have the opportunity to sort medications and fill prescriptions under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.


*  If you have a Brigade in Greece, this station will not be included.

Station 7: Educational Workshops

While patients’ prescriptions are being filled, they will receive education on the following topics:

  • Covid-19
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Illnesses

Station 8: Prescription Drop-Off

After a prescription fulfillment has been reviewed by the licensed pharmacist on staff, Spanish speaking volunteers will have the opportunity to provide the following prescription information with patients:

  • Types of medications
  • Dosage amounts
  • Directions for medication usage


*  If you have a Brigade in Greece, this station will not be included.

How Do I Join a Medical Brigade?

Get in touch with our team to start a Medical Brigades Chapter or join an existing group. Talk with our experienced staff about the impact you can make in under-resourced communities, available scholarship opportunities, and how this opportunity will connect you with other passionate students on your campus.

After filling out the form, we will be in touch to provide you with next steps.

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