UMaine students completed medical mission trip with Partners for World Health in May

In May, four members of the University of Maine’s Partners for World Health (PWH) Chapter traveled to Africa to volunteer on a Medical Mission Trip in Senegal. The work was funded through a Projects for Peace grant awarded by Middlebury College and offered by UMaine’s Cohen Institute. 

Over nearly two weeks, the team — which included Michael Delorge ’24, Meredith Mitchell ’24, Jette Fox ’22 and Eric Desbois ’23 — provided primary care, health education and medical supplies to citizens all around Senegal as part of “Project 10,000,” a PWH initiative to educate 10,000 pregnant women around the world about the complications of childbirth while providing them with their own birthing kit to aid in the successful birth of their expected baby. 

The students, who plan to pursue careers in nursing, medicine and public health, were able to broaden their perspectives on healthcare and practice through many real-world medical challenges in Senegal.