Our Stories

  • A Commitment to Continuity

    Foni is a loving mother, wife, friend, and Timmy patient since 2013. After meeting Foni at a clinic in the Dominican Republic, Timmy’s referral system was able to connect her to specialty surgery to remove a severe abdominal tumor, allowing her to safely give birth to her second child. Foni’s health challenges, unfortunately, did not end there. But neither did

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  • Connections that Transcend Language, Improve Outcomes

    Timmy’s medical brigades most often include U.S.-based volunteers who serve in another country, which makes for an incredible cultural and learning experience. But there was something unique about the brigade that I volunteered with in Ecuador. It was amazingly global.   Our brigade included volunteers with Lilly’s Connecting Hearts Abroad program, myself included. Together, we represented the United States, Puerto

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  • A New Perspective, An Unforgettable Experience

    As I boarded the plane in Indianapolis, I couldn’t wait to meet 18 of my Eli Lilly and Company colleagues from across the globe. Our paths soon would connect in the middle of the world, quite literally. We all were headed for Ecuador as part of a Timmy Global Health medical brigade—and a new partnership between Timmy and Lilly, two

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  • 2018 AMA Global Health Challenge

    AMA Kicks-off 2018 Global Health Challenge for Medical Students and Residents to Help Underserved Patients Abroad   Physicians-in-training and other health profession students are encouraged to submit essays before the May 14 contest deadline   Chicago – The American Medical Association (AMA) and the AMA Insurance Agency today announced the launch of the 2018 AMA Global Health Challenge—an essay and

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  • Empowering Community Health Promoters

    Building Capacity. Health promoters from nine different communities in the Napo province of Ecuador stood between a duct-taped line with their eyes closed at Timmy Global Health’s newly constructed health center in the Amazon rainforest.  One side of the line represented a behavior related to water, hygiene, and sanitation. I read out loud, “We all need to wash our hands after

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  • 10 Years of Clean Water

    You Can Make an Impact Since 2013, Timmy Global Health has been working to stop waterborne illness at the source by bringing clean water solutions to Amazon Basin. We started by installing communal water tanks in five communities. Now we are working to bring safe water to every household. A household filter provides clean water for ten years. In celebration

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  • The Cycle of Care in Xeabaj, Guatemala

    By Lily Bodinson Medical Programs Coordinator, Xela, Guatemala   Xeabaj is a small indigenous Maya-Quiche community in the Western Highlands of Solola, Guatemala. In 1992, few students finished middle school, but Lorenzo Guachiac was motivated to change this reality for himself, his siblings and his community. When he heard of scholarship funds being offered by the Asociacion Pop Wuj, Lorenzo saw

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  • Medical Professional Spotlight: Training Residents in the Field – Dr. Carrie Anderson, Family Medicine

    “She had had at least six attacks, but was never diagnosed with asthma or given an inhaler,” says Dr. Carrie Anderson as she retells the story of a 14-year-old girl who came in to clinic that day with her father. “It was unusual, because are usually with their mothers and he was missing work to be there. I

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  • The Gift of Sight and Power of Partnership

    When Kari Daffron and Julie Schieferstein boarded a plane bound for Guatemala last month, they weren’t sure what to expect as they embarked on their first Timmy medical service trip. “I had a fear when coming because I knew that we as a group, and even I, couldn’t fix every problem, but that’s

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