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Timmy Global Health (formerly The Timmy Foundation) is an Indianapolis-based registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to expand access to healthcare and providing students and volunteers the opportunity to engage directly in global development. In collaboration with its international and US partners, it facilitates medical brigades and channels financial, medical, and human resources to community-based projects in the countries where it is present. It works with high school chapters in Indianapolis, many university chapters throughout the United States, and has active projects with international partners in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nigeria.
Ecuador, officially the Republic of Ecuador, is a country in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) west of the mainland. The capital city is Quito and the largest city as well.
Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. With an estimated population of around 16.6 million, it is the most populated country in Central America. Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.
Timmy Global Health creates patient histories to track patients over time. Medical professionals are able to reference patient intake forms from previous clinic visits to make more informed diagnostic decisions and assess patient progress. The tracking system also allows the following of chronic patients who need longitudinal care and a steady supply of medicines. Timmy uses the data collected to help evaluate the impact of the organization's programming.
A longitudinal study is a research design that involves repeated observations of the same variables over short or long periods of time. It is often a type of observational study, although they can also be structured as longitudinal randomized experiments.
The scope of care provided during short-term brigades is limited. To complement the attention provided in its medical clinics, Timmy Global Health has established critical referral systems that provide patients in need of more advanced diagnostic testing, treatment, or surgery with specialized consultations at its partner institutions or local hospitals. The organization subsidizes the costs of these consultations to further decrease patients’ barrier to healthcare access.
Timmy Global Health has partnerships with local organisations in several developing nations: for instance in Ecuador they work with Tierra Nueva, a local medical nonprofit organization founded in 1970.They also have a presence in Nigeria, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.