OneWorld Health Global Health Blog



March 10, 2017


The team was like a well-oiled machine on day 4 of clinic.  After a morning devotion over breakfast that was centered around the idea of compassion, we headed out to set up clinic.

Our clinic was held in a school building that allowed us to easily organize our stations.  A couple of people collaborated on how to create more shade in the triage area, which was definitely necessary to protect waiting patients from the Nicaraguan sun.  The result required using duct tape to form a makeshift rope to tie a tarp across the waiting area.  It worked perfectly!

For the rest of the day, flow of patients through the clinic was steady and smooth.  Some of the OneWorld Health team members were interviewed in the morning by the local television station about the role of the brigades and the mission of OneWorld Health. We were excited to share about our goal of sustainable healthcare.

At mid-day, there was some commotion outside as a man fell to the ground and appeared to be having a seizure.  His finger had been cut during his fall and he was confused.  A few people that knew him gathered around to help give some of his history as several of the OWH doctors, a nurse, and a translator from the brigade ran to his side to assess him. Using a portable ultrasound machine, a FAST (focused assessment with sonography in trauma) exam was performed and the team coordinated his transfer to a local health center so that he could receive further care.

By the end of the day, a little over 250 patients had been seen and it was time to pack up.  It was another great day working as a team and establishing meaningful relationships.

+ Dr. Jenny Lee, USC Global Health Fellow


March 9, 2017


We take a lot of simple things for granted. Take for example, light.

Photography is a hobby of mine, and I was initially a bit disappointed in the location we were at on the second day. The room that the doctors were working out of was dim, cramped and extremely hot. But here’s the thing…light changes things…and as the light of the day changed, I was fortunate enough to snap this picture and it has quickly turned into one of my favorites.

Similar to lighting in photography, our group at OneWorld Health has been providing a light into these communities. In this picture, our team is performing a bedside ultrasound on a little boy who’s been complaining of left knee pain. Although we weren’t able to give him a formal diagnosis, we were able to rule out more serious pathology with the hope that he returns to our clinic in Sebaco for followup.

So although our medical brigade is only here for a week, we hope that the quality and compassionate care that we have been able to provide changes Nicaragua. We’re midway through our trip, and we look forward to what the rest of the trip brings!

+ Dr. Joe Lai
University of South Carolina Family Medicine


March 8, 2017


Clare & Hannah Blog Entry #1, Days of Survival: 3

*WARNING: this post contains Spanglish; have Google translate on standby

We are both nursing students experiencing Nicaragua for the first time, and we are loving it! After a hectic second day of treating 259 patients, it was apparent that our team was a well-oiled machine.

Our location today was La China and set up in this location required some creativity and excellent spatial awareness. We had multiple tents outside including a peeled billboard wrapping draped over poles (our makeshift tent) to distinguish between registration, triage, pharmacy, and waiting areas. The providers were located in the small building complete with multiple fans; registration, enfermera, and farmacía were troopers and braved the sweltering heat. Lunch was served with the traditional rice and beans (a staple in Latin American countries), steak, vegetables and platanos (look it up). The perrros were wandering around hoping for some scraps.  Triage finished around 3:15, providers finished shortly after, and la farmacía wrapped up around 4:00. We are gratefully exhausted after a long day.

This is such an enlightening experience to meet these people and see how their lifestyle differs from ours.

At dinner we take time to shout out team members who have done an exceptional job and deserve some recognition. We wanted to do a World Wide Web shout out to our outstanding interpreters who this mission would not be possible without.

Photo by KW Media for OneWorld Health