With fewer than 0.4 physicians per 1,000 people, accessing healthcare in Honduras is difficult indeed. And for those living in poverty (nearly 70% of the population), available services are impossible to afford. So the Brigade sends teams of volunteer healthcare professionals to the Comayagua region, where they deliver life-changing medical care to the poor, including surgeries, rehabilitation services, and eyecare. But immediate relief through direct treatment is only part of the plan. With a mission to to enhance the lives of the poor in Honduras by building sustainable community health solutions, the Brigade also trains workers who provide year-round healthcare to villagers living far away from the nearest hospital. Additional projects including clean water systems, latrines, and education programs in hygiene, nutrition, and sanitation impact thousands of lives by building local capacity to prevent disease and fight malnutrition. Join the team, and help generations of Hondurans lead healthier lives.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; Internationally; ; Comayagua, Honduras; Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1FIlAsV_750SFm_1Upaz-eDGWYk90zj5Q&usp=sharing

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Immigrants/Refugees

Awards & Recognition

-2017 Welburn Award for outstanding work in the community. Awarded to Dr. Barry Byer, Founder and President, VHCMB, by the Arlington County Medical Society.
-2019 for 20 years of bringing healthcare access to Honduras. Awarded to the VHC Medical Brigade by the Honduras Ministry of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization.


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for The Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade is: Less than $500k

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