This year I got to experience the pharmacy station for the first time. That means organizing and preparing patient-specific medication packages that we can give out after the patients have consulted with the physicians. There, in a small, dimly lit, bat infested room I witnessed a well-oiled machine consisting of myself, two other brigaders, and one Global Brigades employee churn out medications faster than the prescriptions could come in. I left that station that day with a well-rounded Spanish vocabulary consisting solely of medication names, and a newfound respect for the kind of organization that goes in to keeping these clinics running smoothly.
Looking back on it now, I’m fascinated that this group, with such a large amount of first timers, and in such an unlikely location, was able to run a medical clinic so smoothly. We saw around 200 patients every day, using only one tiny building with five tinier rooms. And even though we may have had to share stethoscopes and constantly avoid heatstroke, I left each day feeling that we had helped.
-Cameron Smith, Brigader