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Published on February 27, 2014

UHS Donates Medical Supplies for Honduras Mission

UHS Binghamton University HondurasUHS has helped a group of Binghamton University students hold a three-day medical and dental mission clinic this year in the Central American country of Honduras.

UHS donated medical supplies to the BU chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and community development organization.

"Our group set up a clinic in the community of San Francisco de Zamorano, where the people rarely get even a dose of vitamins," said Giavana Buffa, president of BU's Global Medical Brigades.  "These people received treatment that they otherwise could only have dreamt of.  With UHS' assistance, we provided medications to more than 500 patients."

During the clinic, two doctors and two dentists examined patients, diagnosed and treated illnesses, and took gynecological samples to be sent to a medical facility in Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital city, for analysis.

UHS Hospitals' Pharmacy Department provided a number of prescription medications, and its Materials Management Department donated bandages, examination gloves and similar clinical supplies.

"We were very privileged to be able to participate in this medical mission," said John Carrigg, executive vice president and chief operating officer of UHS.  "The supplies we were able to donate are the kinds that we, in this country, often take for granted.  Yet, in places like rural Central America, they can be sorely lacking and greatly needed."

There are a number of Global Brigades programs, including those focusing on medical and dental care, architecture, water safety, business, human rights and the environment.

Global Brigades works with local communities in underprivileged regions to improve the quality of life.

Students volunteer to make basic improvements in people's living conditions in the communities.

Binghamton University's Global Medical Brigades was started on campus last year and currently has over 50 members.

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