Today was our final day in the medical clinic. We wrapped up the day seeing 254 patients, bringing our total to over 620 patients over 3 days! I was so impressed with how well we used the space that we were given and even more impressed by our new members who fit right in to what can be a chaotic system at times.
I was in charla (translated to “chat” in English) with the kids in the morning. It was a blast, as well as a challenge. We were able to provide fluoride treatments as well as toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to all the community children. I was proud to use the Spanish I’ve been learning for the past few semesters – it made the experience much more enriching. We showed that we cared about the kids by simply playing games and drawing pictures with them. It doesn’t take a lot but I truly think it means a lot.
In the afternoon I was in Data Informatics - not the most glamourous of jobs but very important for the holistic approach of Global Brigades. Data Informatics entails taking all the data from each patient and entering it into Global Brigades’ system so the organization can develop an understanding of the community’s needs. As an engineer, I can appreciate the necessity to collect this data, as it makes the whole process more efficient and effective.
-Maya Holay, Brigader