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

A Holistic View

Global Brigades uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of monitoring and guidance.


Empowered Communities | All Programs Implemented

# Community Name Country Population
1 El Zurzular Honduras 600
2 El Canton Honduras 500
3 El Ojochal Honduras 250
4 Palo Verde Honduras 250
5 Guaricayán Honduras 185
6 El Jute Honduras 380
7 El Junco y Joyas Honduras 200
8 El Encinal Honduras 185
9 Fray Lazaro Honduras 550
10 Tomatin Honduras 250
11 Piriati Embera Panama 780

Sustainable Health Systems

Our Public Health program supports the holistic model with four core initiatives: public health infrastructure, education curriculum, basic sanitation committee and the community health workers.

Public Health Infrastructure

Volunteers, masons and families work together to implement four projects to improve health, hygiene and sanitation. Eco-stoves to target respiratory diseases, latrines to decrease the spread of infectious diseases and parasites, water storage units to improve hand washing and hygiene, and concrete floors to prevent skin diseases.

Education Curriculum

Education workshops for school children and community leaders are provided to empower them with the knowledge to take action and make positive behavioral changes.The curriculum addresses topics such as personal hygiene, healthy lifestyle, pollution and cleanliness.

Basic Sanitation Committee

To ensure long-term sustainability and maintenance, the Public Health program team trains and empowers local community leaders in the formation of a Basic Sanitation Committee. The Basic Sanitation Committee is responsible for carrying out in-home assessments and monitoring the status of the projects.

Community Health Workers

Volunteers living in the community are trained by our staff to become Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs provide basic medical care, monitor chronic conditions, and serve as point persons for urgent care cases year-round.

Success Indicators

Over the next three years from 2015-2017, we aim to achieve the following long-term Success Indicators:

  • 40% decrease in self reported respiratory diseases from people with completed stoves
  • 40% decrease in self reported diarrhea from people with completed latrines
  • 30% decrease in self reported skin diseases from people with completed floors
  • 30% decrease in self reported skin diseases from people with completed showers
  • 60% decrease in self reported use of wood for cooking
  • Sell at least two Public Health products to at least 3,000 families

2016 completed indicators

  • Sell 900 subsidized Public Health products
  • Ensure basic sanitation committees and technicians provide follow-up home visits twice per year
  • 90% of community members are properly using the public health products as observed by a Public Health technician or Basic Sanitation Committee member
  • 95% of public health products are intact and functioning as observed by a Public Health technician or Basic Sanitation Committee member

Annual Reports