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WHERE WE WORK: OUR HOMES

MEDLIFE has seven main sites where we currently work – our homes. The sites are rich in culture, heritage, and natural beauty, but each also has a poverty-stricken population in need. Through our work, we hope to educate students about the issues of poverty that are common among all sites, as well as the issues that are unique to each specific site. In order to do so, we make sure to develop a deep understanding of the local culture, the population, and the problems they face.

Why Latin America & Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over one billion people worldwide are facing a critical shortage in health care.

Millions of People suffer from disease250 million people in South America are suffering from a non-communicable disease, such as cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease.

Millions of People don't have health insurance274 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have health insurance.

288,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwideIn 2000, there were over 288,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwide. Approximately 80% of these deaths occurred in developing countries.

unsafe water result in deaths88% of diarrheal deaths worldwide are the result of unsafe water, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

Life ExpectancyGlobal life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 60 years in the WHO African Region and 76.8 years in the WHO European Region, giving a ratio of 1.3 between the two regions.

More than 10 million people in Africa live on less than 1 dollar per dayMore than 10 million people in Africa live on less than $1 per day, the so-called food poverty line below which people are unable to purchase enough food for an adequate diet.

Orphan children in AfricaThere are approximately 50 million orphaned children in Africa, most of them HIV-positive.

Sub-Saharan AfricaSub-Saharan Africa accounts for 11 percent of the world’s population, yet bears 24 percent of the global disease burden and commands less than one percent of global health expenditure.

Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Tiffany Fung
McGill University

I enjoyed meeting new people at project and clinics. I would because it opens your views to poverty and makes you realize there needs to be done to help.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make Yes! It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make Yes! It was such an amazing experience.