A WSU medical student talks to a patient in Haiti on a World Health Student Organization trip last year.
Giving to a great cause is easier than ever with the newly-launched online store for the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s World Health Student Organization.
Click here to browse and buy School of Medicine-branded gear and goods, including track jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, pants, shorts, water bottles, drinking glasses and even sandals.
All proceeds will go toward the purchase of medications, vaccinations and medical supplies for the WHSO’s many annual medical mission trips overseas.
Each trip is funded by individual student fundraising, as well as donations from friends, family, hospitals, local businesses, corporations and the Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association. All donations are tax deductible.
Purchased items can only be delivered within the medical school, and are available to all faculty, staff and students who have a mailbox or office at Scott Hall or the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons. Merchandise can also be picked up at the school at a pre-arranged time and place.
The WHSO is an all-volunteer organization comprised of WSU medical students whose mission is to gain rich medical and cultural experiences outside their immediate communities. Goals include providing free medical care to underserved populations in remote regions of the world, volunteering at community outreach projects that serve the residents of Detroit, and teaching fellow students about global health through speakers and seminars.
On medical missions to Tanzania, Peru and other countries, the students provide care for people who may have never seen a doctor before, and must bring the necessary supplies and medicines with them. In March 2011, the group vaccinated 250 children in Haiti, and provided $80,000 worth of medications and supplies to the impoverished population.
Upcoming trips include Haiti the week of Dec. 15-23 for second-year students; Nicaragua the week of Dec. 17-23 for first- and second-year medical students; Haiti the week of Feb. 23-March 3, 2013, for first-year students; Peru the week of Feb. 23-March 3, 2013, for first-year students; Panama the week of Feb. 23-March 4, 2013, for first-year students; and Ecuador the week of March 16-25, 2013, for second-year students, where the students will set up and provide local health care along villages near the beach town of Puerto Lopez, where it is difficult for residents to visit distant Ecuadorian health clinics.Visit the WHSO’s website at www.waynewhso.org for more information.