Erin's Global Health Update: Part 1
Below are excerpts from a letter to my friends and family:
This past January I began my studies to become a naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary healthcare that takes a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment using many tools and modalities to encourage the healing process. I choose this system because I feel it will be most effective in creating a sustainable healthcare system in underserved communities.
I am in my first of five years of school, and when it's all said and done, I'd like to have the skills and experience to make a real impact. I'm working now to find existing and create new opportunities to get hands-on experience with naturopathic medicine in developing countries.
I've been accepted to travel to Nicaragua in August 2010 on a Natural Doctors International (NDI) brigade. On the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua NDI's free medical clinics are the primary source of healthcare for hundreds of people. On the delegation I would assist in these clinics and take a course on global economic policy and healthcare in the developing world. The NDI Nicaragua center is a really strong model for me to consider following in the future. The experience would be so valuable to me, and your support would be very much appreciated.
When I return, I'll write you again to let you know of my experience and how your generosity was put to good use.