Family doctors used to carry kits with all the tools necessary for primary care. Since 2008, Global Links has been providing "doctor kits" for medical students at ELAM, Latin American Medical School in Cuba. ELAM stresses social responsibility, and most of the students come from resource-poor communities around the world. They have also made a commitment to return to those communities after they have graduated. This project will provide at least 200 kits to students at the Santiago campus.
ELAM students come from resource-poor communities and cannot buy their own instruments - the tools they must have to do their job. After graduation, they return to underserved areas to practice, but the hospitals where they work are also unable to supply needed the tools. Furthermore, the medical school in Santiago was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and additional resources were lost.
Having their own equipment and the backpack itself means these med students have the tools they need to confront the realities of the medical care they will provide. With a backpack, they can ride a motor scooter or walk to see patients unable to come in for care. During December alone, recurring donations will be matched by Global Giving as as well as by Atlantic Philanthropies - your gift will have triple the impact.
Having the right tools lends these young doctors more respect from the communities they serve, raising their morale and making them more likely to stay where they are needed so badly. In addition, this program expands access to community-based primary care and improves long-term population health in underserved areas.
Latin American Medical School/ ELAM
Partners in the project: MEDICC