Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By: Ellen Ketter, PA-S
Over the winter break, several students and one faculty member of the Marquette University PA program embarked on a 9 day medical and public health mission trip with the university’s chapter of Global Brigades. Global Brigades is the largest student led non-profit organization in the world. The mission of Global Brigades is to empower volunteers and developing communities to resolve global disparities and work towards a more just world. Individual Brigade chapters work in medical, public health, water, microfinance, law and several other area to fulfill their goals. On the medical and public health Brigade, three days were spent at a school in rural northern Nicaragua, providing basic medical care for the community members. Tina Rende, PA-S, Joanna Kelley, PA-S, Jenessa Mayer, PA-S and I worked in student roles during these days. We triaged patients, shadowing health care professionals, working in the pharmacy, and teaching children about dental health. Joshua Knox, PA-C volunteered his time providing health care for the patients. In the subsequent three days of the Brigade, volunteers worked on public health projects at family’s homes in a nearby community. The public health projects were aimed at preventing diseases seen in the community which could be largely eradicated with better sanitation and living conditions. Projects to attain such a goal include laying cement floors in the homes and building sanitation structures. These structures provide the family with a shower and latrine with running water along with a standing basin to allow for storage of water and an easier method of washing laundry. After long days of work in the community, brigade volunteers returned to the compound where we were staying for the evening meal and a period of group reflection.
The week in Nicaragua offered opportunities to experience a culture different from our own and be a part of a movement bigger than ourselves. Marquette students look forward to returning on next year’s Brigade to continue the mission in Nicaragua.
Pictured left (from left to right): Jenessa Mayer, PA-S, Joanna Kelley, PA-S, Joshua Knox, PA-C, MA, Tina Rende, PA-C, Ellen Ketter, PA-C
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