WHERE WE WORK
The countries in which Global Brigades works are briefly outlined below. For more detailed descriptions, please click the country's name.
In 2010, Ghana became the fourth country Global Medical Brigades travels to. Ghanaians are some of the best people to work with while traveling on a brigade; their friendly demeanour is very welcoming. Ghana is also known to have one of the most successful democracies in West Africa; however, the life expectancy within the country is only 61 years of age. With a population of roughly 25 million, and a literacy rate of a mere 57%, it is GMB's goal to stabilize the country by incorperating sustainable living conditions.
In the heart of Central America lies Nicaragua. Nicaragua is rich with culture and diversity; each region of Nicaragua has its own distinct music, literature, art, and way of life. While Nicargaua is increasingly becoming more stable, it is still recovering from its economic downfall in the 1980's. Roughly, 50% of the country's population (5,980,000 inhibitants) live in poverty and struggle to sustain life living on as little as one dollar a day.
Out of the four countries GMB travels to, Panama has the most unequal wealth distributation. The country has a populations of approx. 3.6 million people. While the city is lively with tall buildings and flashy billboards, the countryside houses an extremely poor population. The country suffers largely from bacterial diarrhea due to lack of filtered water. GMB hopes to help combat this problem by establishing sustainable health programs and educating the community on health-conscious behaviors.
Communties with in Honduras are very isolated from one another. With lack of paved roads and rough terrain, it is difficult for communities within the country to interact and communicate with each other. The population of Honuras is approx. 7.5 million inhibitants. 50% of the population is currently living in poverty, while nearly 40% does not have access to healthy drinking water. Hepititis, HIV and malaria are also major health risks.