As a complement to our International Humanitarian Aid Program, MedWish organizes and executes medical mission trips in partnership with healthcare providers in countries in need.
Through our Brigades Program, volunteers facilitate free clinics to provide quality medical treatment and improve access to care for residents in impoverished communities. This allows volunteers to observe, and be part of, the entire lifecycle of the surplus medical supplies we recover - from sorting them in our warehouse to shipping and using them in countries in need.
For the first time since 2018, volunteers traveled from Cleveland to Honduras in June 2023 where they provided care for more than 1,000 individuals over the course of 4 days. Among these individuals was a young woman by the name of Dania who traveled to our clinic to seek further care for her pre-existing kidney stones. She shared that care is not as readily available for her and they are not always equipped with the proper medication she needs for treatment.
Upon arrival, Dania was greeted by a warm and friendly staff who made her feel at ease. She was quickly assessed by a healthcare professional and given a comprehensive treatment plan. The staff took the time to answer all of her questions and made sure she understood the next steps.
Kidney stones can be a painful condition to deal with, and it is important to take proper care to prevent them from recurring. Thanks to the care she received at the clinic, Dania was able to leave with more information to successfully manage her kidney stones and improve her overall health. She expressed her gratitude for the compassionate and knowledgeable staff who helped her through this difficult time.
Our Brigade participants volunteer their time to help provide care, in all forms. They are given the opportunity to learn about different cultures and connect with inspiring people along the way. Overall, the Medical Brigade Program is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in global health and humanitarian work. By participating in this program, volunteers not only gain hands-on experience in the medical supply chain but also get to make a real difference in the lives of people in need.