Quito, Ecuador Medical Brigade

Our flagship spring break trip, 16 students travel with medical professionals to underserved communities in Quito, Ecuador. This medical brigade is organized with Timmy Global Health Headquarters, as we return to the same communities each year. Combined with medical brigades from other college chapters, this results ina continuity of care for high-risk, chronic patients. Leading up to the trip, trip leaders give lessons on Spanish, Ecuadorian culture, and mock-clinics to prepare each trip goer for this amazing experience.

Continuum of Care

The Purdue medical service trip is an important component of Timmy Global Health’s continuum of care in Quito, Ecuador. We work alongside our local partner, Tierra Nueva Foundation, to provide continuity of services to our partner communities through the coordination of various universities/teams into our international clinics—every 2-3 months throughout the year. This makes it possible to follow up with critical care patients, treat chronic conditions, and increase the overall quality, sustainability, and impact of our short-term medical clinics.

Clinics

Timmy Global Health has 10 partner communities in south Quito. These are communities that have been receiving continuous primary care for several years from TGH and they will function as the clinic sites during your week in Quito. The communities were chosen alongside our partner organization, Tierra Nueva Foundation, using information from the Ecuadorian census and Ministry of Health. The number of patients seen will greatly depend on the number of medical professionals recruited for each medical service trip. Each medical professional will see anywhere between 26 and 30 patients during a typical clinic day. Though medical professionals will be providing patient care directly, volunteers will assist medical professionals in various support roles throughout clinic—assisting with vital signs and patient histories in triage; shadowing and scribing for physicians and providers in patient consultation; helping dispense medications in the pharmacy; administering fluoride to children and adolescents; and other miscellaneous clinic duties (translating, crowd control, medicine counting etc.)

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