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Volunteers sought for Honduras trip

The University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of Global Medical Brigades is seeking physicians and other health care professionals to participate in a medical relief trip to Honduras in January 2014. Participants will help provide much-needed assistance to thousands of Hondurans living in some of the most impoverished communities in Latin America.

A medical brigade consists of dedicated student volunteers, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses providing health care to these communities. The group functions like a mobile medical unit, setting up a small clinic to diagnose and treat patients at no cost.

From intake to triage, medical consultations to prescription filling, the group experiences multiple facets of the medical profession under the guidance of licensed medical professionals. The group travels to different communities to set up temporary daylong primary care clinics–caring for hundreds of people each day.

With more than 50 percent of the population living in poverty, Honduras is one of the most destitute countries in Latin America. Disease and malnutrition are the leading causes of death in children 5 and younger.

Physicians and other health care professionals interested in learning more about the medical brigade trip to Honduras are encouraged to e-mail Ali Howen, president of the UW-Madison chapter of Global Medical Brigades.

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