Give once and you elicit appreciation;
Give twice and you create anticipation;
Give three times and you create expectation;
Give four times and it becomes entitlement;
Give five times and you establish dependency.
We extended our Service Learning approach internationally to specific most needy communities, while incorporating global health best practices to ensure sustainable impact. Established in 2010, MDJunior has been conducting bi-annual, week long service missions to rural communities in Southwest Honduras. *New* MDJunior in 2017 set up a sustainable global medical mentor mission program in India, and most recently in 2018 to Puerto Rico as part of the hurricane relief efforts.
Several key elements of our approach to Global Health include:
Focusing on a select group of high-need villages, with development plans outlined for 5 years, that track progress and trends.
Empowering communities to take charge of their own health by establishing Chapters in local schools.
Combining curative, preventive, and educational programming to holistically develop rural villages rather than simply provide aid.
Incorporating local knowledge and constant assessment to best leverage community resources.
Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. 63% live below the poverty line. 7 out of 10 Hondurans don’t have access to sanitation, or basic necessities like clean water supply. Most rural villages lack access to medical attention within a 4 hour walk. 57% of rural Hondurans have never seen a medical or dental professional in their lives. The lack of financial support and an inefficient public healthcare system has led to a health crisis, especially in the rural areas. All of this was compounded by the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which left hundreds of thousands homeless, with many still in unsanitary and unsafe living conditions. Honduras is also a mere 3 hour flight away from our Georgia Hub. Our Youth put one and one together, and decided to do something about it.