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TIMMY GLOBAL HEALTH BRIGADE
Prior to starting a new semester, Caroline Faherty, R.N., University Health Services, began a long journey to Guatemala. It is her third trip as part of the medical team, embarking on a most rewarding and empowering experience being part of the Timmy Global Health Brigade. For nine days, the Boston College chapter of 17 students and seven medical professionals serviced five partner communities.
Timmy Global Health is a non-profit group that expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today's most pressing global health challenges. Based in Quetzaltenango (known colloquially as Xela) - two and half hours north of Guatemala City, they treated patients in makeshift clinics in surrounding communities. This group provided medical care to over 400 patients with diagnoses from gastritis, diabetes and hypertension, to mention just a few. During the time there they also worked directly with Guatemalan physicians who can follow up with the patients.
Caroline said "The impact of this 3,415 mile trip is an experience that leaves us feeling so grateful to Boston College for providing this experience to our community of students and staff. As we returned to campus the people of Guatemala have left a lasting imprint on our hearts. Our lives are better for having been part of theirs."