We took our first medical brigade to Honduras in 1999 with about 30 volunteers. The mission trip occurs in July and lasts seven days including travel days. When in Honduras, we split into teams; four teams go to different villages each day. In each village we set up clinics in whatever the villagers provide us, typically the local school, church, community center, or even outdoors. Over the course of the week, we will see on average 2000-3000 patients. Over the years we have expanded our health initiatives to include vitamin supplementation and training the Guardianes de la Salud.
Medical Brigades to HondurasOur medical mission trip is unique in that we go to the villages of El Paraiso, most located in the mountains. We travel in rented four-wheel drive trucks on dirt roads badly eroded by rains and sometimes impassable.
Vitamins & Anti-Parasites
This program is intended to improve the health of those most vulnerable, the children. Because the rural villages of El Paraiso do not have access to clean drinking water, most of the population suffers from water-borne parasites.
Guardianes de la Salud
The Guardianes are lay, local healthcare workers. Dr. Bobbi Hopkins and her team develop a curriculum of continuing education programs to teach villagers in the areas we serve to provide emergency first aid treatment for illnesses and injuries.