World Health Student Organization members visit local children on the group's medical relief trip to Haiti last year.
The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s World Health Student Organization is holding a special event to recognize the organization’s overseas medical relief work and raise money for future trips.
All are invited to Impact Abroad at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 26601 Ryan Road in Warren. The year-end event will celebrate WHSO’s efforts in Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama and Ecuador in this and past years. The evening will include dinner, auctions, awards and field reports from students. All proceeds will benefit future trips to continue WHSO’s mission for sustainable health care.
Tickets, $25 for students and $35 for non-students, are available for purchase at www.waynewhso.org.
Each year, the student-run organization organizes six trips abroad to developing nations lacking access to medical care. First- and second-year medical students set up makeshift clinics and deliver basic care, vitamins and medicine to more than 2,000 patients annually. All groups travel with at least two physicians and two senior medical students. Each trip is funded by individual student fundraising and donations from friends, family, hospitals, local businesses, corporations and the Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association.
Each trip must also complete a sustainability project, selected with the local community. Projects include providing clean water filters to families and individuals, medical education, training community workers, sanitation and more.