For the first time since the pandemic began back in 2020, we, VAW Global, have a medical team from Mississippi State University (MSU) in Guatemala where they worked along with Ami San Lucas, our local health partner since 2006.
Upon arrival, interns are required to attend several orientations and workshops focused on professional development and cultural sensitivity, which will reinforce the training they received before their trip. After all of the on-campus and on-site trainings, the team had 6 intense days of work in clinics alongside Guatemalan Health Care Professionals. Thanks to that, interns from Mississippi State University have learned about healthcare in a global context, disease diagnosis, treatment courses, and clinic operations in an LMIC. Together, we provided care for 136 patients: 76 females, 43 children and 17 males!
However, VAW Global internship isn’t over yet for them. They still had an Education Day, Cultural Exchange/Immersion Days, and some more reflection to do before going back home. It is awesome, how everyone gets to meet amazing people, share stories , dreams and daily habits! Everyone involved is touched by the experience, and the friendships and memories made, last a lifetime!