Uganda 2016 – Remembering and sharing

On Saturday, November 5th, 47 days after our Uganda Team got back from their mission, they reunited for a special occasion. Stories, pictures, memories, and inside jokes were shared of a shared experience that accomplished great things. 63 volunteers, 16,294 air miles, 190 surgical procedures, and 1,532 clinic visits-- numbers that definitely showcase a successful medical mission.   Check out this video created by our mission photographer, Brad Miller, capturing the beautiful community, the inspiring culture, the hard work, and the heroic people who make it ...

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Uganda 2016 – Together, we are Team Uganda!!

Our days begin early. Breakfast at 6:00 and the buses leave to our 3 locations at 6:45. Each bus is packed with staff and equipment. The pharmacy team heads to the clinic where they will spend the day in a room about the size of a closet. Rebecca Roush and Lisa Buchholz are our "dueling pharmacists". They stand shoulder to shoulder and dispense the necessary medications to our clinic patients. Lots of antibiotics, tylenol, and anti-malaria meds are passed out.   Jason Jonas and Lyn Shaw are running our clinic this year. Lyn is a mission veteran and has run ...

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Uganda 2016 – Photo Gallery – 4th Edition

Our volunteers are having an amazing mission in Uganda, check out this new gallery.  

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Uganda 2016 – Photo Gallery – 3rd Edition

More great photos to see how our mission in Uganda is going.

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Uganda 2016 – Perspectives from Day 4

There is a saying in the Talmud: "He who saves one life saves the whole world."   I have been writing all week about our missions and trying to paint a portrait of what I see during the course of my day. I tell you all about the people who make this mission run smoothly. The real story is about what is feel while I watch.   We went to Gulu Regional Hospital this morning to drop off supplies. Dr. Mark Hechler, one of our plastic surgeons was preparing to help a burn patient with a scar reduction. He started his own IV (something he would not typically ...

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Uganda 2016 – Just Look Around You

Any one that knows me knows I love to talk so I will tell you it has been a challenge not to ask Mark sooner if I could jump on the blog and offer an entry. I appreciate him sharing the space and I hope to use this as he would to tell you more about our team in Uganda.   This is my sixth overall mission and my fifth trip to Uganda. It’s pretty easy at this point to make the decision to go on this mission, but it seems after just a couple of days it has become almost too automatic to make the decision to come. I remember my very first trip when I asked a ...

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Uganda 2016 – Photo Gallery – 2nd Edition

The work continues on our mission in Uganda. More photos from the field of our work and  our dedicated volunteers.  

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Uganda 2016 – A day in the OR

The Pre-op/PACU is the busiest location at St. Mary's Lacor. Jeni Arganbright, Lauren Cooper and Anne LeRoy are mission veterans. Izzy Allegrezza, Hannah Ross, and Chantal Sperry are the rookies on this team, but everyone contributes equally here. They are a finely tuned machine. There is little time for anything but patient care once the day gets underway. IVs are started, patients are monitored and comfort is given to everyone who receives their gentle touch. A little fun is had when the bouncy balls and bubbles come out, but they are all business when it time for ...

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Uganda 2016 – Photo Gallery – 1st Edition

We have a great group of volunteers working our Uganda Mission this week. Long, full days are filling their time. Here are just a few of the photos from the short time they have been on the ground in Africa.

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