Medicine, Education, and Development: A summer in Panama

This summer I will be in Panama, learning more about the country that boasts some of the best economic growth rates in the region and also extreme inequality.  I will be working with MEDLIFE, an organization that works to improve the health care access of the poor by bringing medical brigades, staffed by local doctors and American students, to rural communities.  MEDLIFE is currently established in Ecuador and Peru; along with another intern I will be working on MEDLIFE's expansion project in Panama.  I will also be working along side a Panamanian non-profit called Madres Maestras, an organization that supports early childhood education in various communities throughout Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras.  I am excited to learn about the intersections of health and education and to channel these lessons into my work with each of the organizations. 

Location

Panama
  • Lisa Berdie | September 7th, 2011
    Check out the blog post I wrote for the MEDLIFE blog about the Community Development Project I led! http://www.medlifeweb.org/blog/item/13-developing-community-infrastructure-projects-in-panama.html
  • Lisa Berdie | September 7th, 2011
    (This post was written on 7/5/2011) It has been crazy in Panama since I last posted!  When I left off Miriam and I were still preparing for the upcoming medical brigade.  Now the brigade has come and gone- and what a whirlwind it was!...
  • Lisa Berdie | June 21st, 2011
      Still catching up.... From Friday 6/17 The area in which Miriam and I are living isn't the safest neighborhood and so we can't leave the house after 4:30 when the Madres leave.  As such it has been hard to really explore the area;...
  • Lisa Berdie | June 21st, 2011
    I've never blogged before and so just set this up.... This is from Wednesday June 15. I arrived in Panama City late last Sunday night.  Xiomara, who works for Madres Maestras, picked up Miriam, the other girl I am working with this summer, and...