GLA’s Global Health Initiative program is a primer for studying medicine or public health in the developing world. A university-level program, it’s designed to give a progressive experience— challenging preconceptions of health with new experiences, and guidance from attending medical and public health professionals working in the field.
Global Health Initiative Itinerary
Please note: Activities may happen on different days due to weather or community needs. This is a tentative itinerary.
|1||Arrival in Santo Domingo and Night in Colonial zone|
|2||Travel to Barahona, Orientation at Homebase and have clinic orientation|
|3||1st Health Brigade|
|4||Repairs and reparation of health facility|
|5||Travel to Jimani Border town and Lago Enriquillo|
|6||2nd Health Brigade|
|7||Town water pump house restoration at the world’s shortest river|
|8||Travel to Cachote cloud forest village|
|9||Repairs and reparation of health facility|
|10||Town water tank restoration|
|11||3rd Health Brigade at Las Filipinas Mining community|
|12||Repairs and reparation of health facility|
|13||Activity Day: Boat ride to Playa De Las Aguilas and snorkel|
|14||Return to Santo Domingo and fly home|
Today we visited the Haitian Dominican Centre and worked on renovations. Using the water bottles we collected at the beach yesterday, we built walls in the community centre and began cementing them. We also had the opportunity to interact with the children in the community during a dance party! We then got to talk to the leader of the centre, who discussed his experiences with assisting Haitian migrants and the trauma these migrants face. We finished off the da with a swim in the pool, a lecture on Environment and Forced Migration, and a documentary called “Black in Latin America”. The documentary also was about environmental issues on the island and Haitian- Dominican Republic Relations.