Service Learning Trips - Nicaragua 2012
In March of 2012, 18 TEAC medical students, Dr. Alvin Wang, a Temple University Hospital (TUH) attending physician and Dr. Matthew Simon, a third year TUH Emergency Medicine resident, traveled to Managua, Nicaragua. The team was hosted by Companeros, Inc., an organization that facilitates community development projects in an underdeveloped area of Managua called Barrio Grenada. Barrio Grenada has not had its own health clinic in over ten years and lack of access to consistent, quality medical care in this area was considered by TEAC to be a chronic disaster situation. The TEAC team set up a temporary clinic outside of a community center and treated over 500 patients over the course of a week. A variety of conditions, including upper respiratory infections, headaches, parasites, chicken pox, scarlet fever, and sexually transmitted infections were seen and treated. The group also engaged in public health activities through the distribution of condoms and toothbrushes and through health education on hydration, infant care, and sexual health.