Refuge International

Improving lives through healthcare, nutrition, clean water, and education.

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Research Opportunities

Are you interested in studying the prevalence of malaria or intestinal worms in underserved communities in Guatemala?

Perhaps you have a hypothesis that teaching Mayan midwives about postpartum hemorrhage will reduce maternal mortality.

We offer opportunities to create and build on evidence-based health care in an international setting.

If you have a project in mind that fits our overall mission, Refuge International might be able to help you acheive your research goals. We support individual investigators who wish to study international health and health care. Our projects are focused primarily on basic health care, adequate nutrition, clean water and education.

Click here to let us know your idea and see if we can build a collaborative research effort.

Assessing Community Interest in Health Education Through Short-Term Medical Missions

Assessing Community Interest in Health Education Through Short-Term Medical MissionsClick to download a poster (PDF) summarizing the findings.Maria Ruiz, B.S., of UT Southwestern Medical School writes:

"I took part in the UTSW Medical School trip to Chocola this year and last year. This year, one of the resident family medicine physicians attending wished to conduct a short survey of the patients to help us as medical students find ways to be more involved, since our utility as clinicians is limited.

"We conducted a survey asking patients what kind of health topics they would like to learn about, in hopes of, in future trips, organizing a short oral presentation for the patients over a topic they would like to learn about, taught by medical students.

"I wrote up the results of the survey with a couple of my colleagues and was able to transform the findings into a poster presentation that I presented at the 10th Annual JPS Research Day "Advancing Health Equity through Research & Education" Conference on June 3rd, 2016 in Ft. Worth, TX. I wanted to share with you the poster that I presented, since thanks to Refuge, I had the opportunity to do this and be part of the wonderful mission trip to Chocola."