Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30st
Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital
Dr. Luther Castillo
Community organizer and co-founder of the First Garifuna People's Hospital of Honduras
Documentary (40 minutes) followed by discussion with Dr. Luther Castillo.
Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital tells the story of a project to build a free and preventative health care system on Honduras’ Caribbean coast. The hospital itself--the first to be established in Garifuna communities since the Garifuna arrived in Honduras 215 years ago--stands as an alternative to the increasingly privatized national health system. Built and defended by the communities it serves, the project has become a symbol of Garifuna self-determination. Could a remote hospital that runs on solar panels, in a community without paved roads or electricity, provide a new global model for health care?
Dr. Luther Castillo was born in the rural community of Tocamacho, Honduras. He studied medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba and returned to Honduras to start building the First Garifuna People's Hospital with a vision of providing free and preventative healthcare to Garifuna communities and all communities in the region. Dr. Castillo has long been an defender of justice for Garifuna communities and all of Honduras, and has spoken on various occasions in DC about resistance to the 2009 military coup. He is currently completing a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University's Kennedy School in Boston, MA.