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

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Medical Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of community needs and healthcare access, volunteers will have the opportunity to first accompany Community Health Workers on patient home visits. For the majority of the Brigade, volunteers will then work with healthcare professionals during mobile medical clinics, providing assistance to hundreds of community members. At the end of the Brigade, volunteers will have a chance to address some of the causes for the medical issues seen during the clinics, by building in-home public health infrastructure for families, such as latrines, concrete floors and eco-stoves.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
8:00am Intro to Panama and Holistic Model Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
9:00am Transport to Community Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Public Health Project Construction
10:00am Intro to Family & Public Health Projects
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm Intro to Medical Program & Clinic
3:00pm Pack Medications
4:00pm Dinner Pharmacy Packing
5:00pm Mock Clinic Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity & Lodging Rules Discussion Education Workshop Prep Reflection, Med Packing & Data Import Reflection, Med Packing & Data Import Country Health Analysis Final Reflection
8:00pm Intro to Public Health
Day 1
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Dinner
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity & Lodging Rules Discussion
8:00pm
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Intro to Panama and Holistic Model
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Intro to Family & Public Health Projects
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
2:00pm Intro to Medical Program & Clinic
3:00pm Pack Medications
4:00pm
5:00pm Mock Clinic
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Education Workshop Prep
8:00pm
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical / Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection, Med Packing & Data Import
8:00pm
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical / Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection, Med Packing & Data Import
8:00pm
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical / Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Pharmacy Packing
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Country Health Analysis
8:00pm Intro to Public Health
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection
8:00pm
Day 7
7:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm

Individual Program Contribution

Volunteers work together with their chapter to fundraise for their individual contributions. Each individual program contribution includes everything needed for the medical brigade: medicine, equipment, local doctors, local dentists, pharmacists, translators, support staff, ground transportation, food, lodging, public health construction supplies, and emergency medical insurance. Airfare not included.

Panama 7 day Medical Brigade –

*Brigades longer than 7 days are also available

Chapter Contribution

The GMB Chapter Contribution goes directly toward the Sustainable Health Fund which enables year-round health care in partner communities carried out by our local teams. Specifically, the Fund supports initiatives of the medical program that enable sustainable transitions such as the Community Health Workers, Patient Referrals, Community Pharmacy, and the on-going impact evaluation of the program.

Minimum Contribution Per Chapter –

Safety

Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

In Panama

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with Senafront to provide security escorts to those groups working in the Darien region;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.

Lodging Facilities

Global Brigades does an annual safety review of all lodging facility partners each year. Lodging facilities provide pillows, bedsheets and towels. Facilities have showers, toilets and sinks with running water (no hot water) as well as filtered clean drinking water dispensers onsite. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.

Medical Brigades are assigned to lodging facilities based on proximity to the partner community they will be working with.

El Palmar

The El Palmar hostel sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 30 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and approximately 10 minutes before reaching the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Global Brigades Panama has used El Palmar for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is easily accessible in Torti.

Hotel Avicar

Hotel Avicar sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 40 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and is in the center of the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Also, brigaders staying at Hotel Avicar get see how life plays out in a rural town in East Panama. Emergency medical care is available in Torti.

Vía España

Hotel Vía España sits in the center of Panama City, about 40 minutes from Panama’s international airport. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of Panama City’s skyline. Global Brigades Panama began using this hotel in 2013 to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city.

Pro Niños

The Pro Niños facility sits along the Pan-American
highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after passing into the Darién province. The facility is also located about 10 minutes from the town of Meteti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures and distant mountains. Global Brigades Panama has used the Pro Niños facility for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is available in Meteti and in the town of Santa Fe, about 30 minutes away.

San Carlos

The San Carlos facility sits about 10 minutes off of the Pan-American highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after leaving Panama City in the direction of the Coclé province. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Global Brigades Panama will be using the San Carlos facility for the first time in March 2015. Emergency medical care is available at the Health Center in the town of San Carlos, approximately 2 minutes from this facility.

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