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Medical students at Illinois Wesleyan University fundraising to travel to Honduras and treat underprivileged people in need of medical care.

This May 30th – June 5th, I will have the unique opportunity of traveling to Honduras with a group of fifty students and medical professionals with the Illinois Wesleyan University’s Global Medical Brigades program. We will spend a week traveling to underserved, rural areas around the city of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, setting up temporary clinics where people can come and receive medical treatment free of charge. Since June 2009, IWU Global Medical Brigades participated in 2 weeklong trips to Honduras, treating an incredible total of over 1,000 patients in rural, underserved villages. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America with 53% of the population living in poverty. Disease and malnutrition are the leading causes of death in children under 5 years old. The basic needs of education, health care, and clean water are luxuries for the majority of the people there, and in the rural communities where we will be working, they are even scarcer. We are entering an era where the community is global, and as global citizens, we must do our part to contribute what we can in helping those in need.
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