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Overview:

MEDLIFE is an international organization with the aim of providing medical resources to impoverished communities in Latin America.  MEDLIFE’s mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives.  Its patients did not choose to be poor, but they have chosen to strive toward a better life; MEDLIFE stands beside them in this pursuit.  We aim to achieve this goal through partnering with motivated individuals in poor communities working to improve their access to MEDs: Medicine, Education and community Development.  MEDLIFE believes access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. To this end, we commit our time, resources, knowledge and hope to bring Medicine, Education and Development to Low Income Families Everywhere.

MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics deliver primary care services to individuals and families who otherwise lack access. Going beyond the services we can provide on our Mobile Clinics, MEDVIDA staff conduct year-round patient follow-up services for those requiring additional care, ensuring that no patient is left behind.  Additionally, MEDLIFE Fund development projects often directly contribute to the overall health of a community.

Members of MEDLIFE work over the year to fundraise and raise awareness about underserved areas in Latin America that will be targeted in the brigades.  The fundraising will culminate in a service project that will be conducted during the brigade at the target site.  Brigades will last 1-2 weeks and will include up to 25 students.

Eligibility:
All Harvard undergraduates. Participants are selected through an application process in the spring.

Funding:
Prior to travel, each participant will be expected to fundraise for their portion of the trip cost and for the cost of medications to be distributed in Honduras. Participants in need of financial assistance should speak to the Harvard MEDLIFE director to discuss other means of fundraising and possible available subsidies.

The cost of the trip, including airfare, transportation, and all in-country costs, is about $1,500.

Project Description:
Undergraduates will have an unparalleled opportunity to provide healthcare for underserved communities in South America.  Within the program, participants will partner with local doctors, provide essential medications, and lead a mobile clinic to reach out to people of the community.  The mobile clinic offers a variety of health service stations for its patients including gynecology, pharmacy, dentistry, and general medicine.  Students will participate in each station throughout the duration of the brigade, as well as educate community members on helpful health practices.  In addition to the medical clinic, students will partake in a community development project, which includes anything from infrastructural growth to educational awareness.

Note: because the trip conflicts with Harvard’s Commencement activities, this program is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors only.  If you are a senior or an underclassman who cannot make our brigade dates but would still like to participate, please contact the Harvard MEDLIFE Board.

MEDLIFE Board 2012

MEDLIFE Board 2011: Stewart Pine '14, Michael Lindeborg '14, Jeanette Schnierle '13, and David Zhao '13

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