Uganda 2016 – First Day

Medical Missions Foundation is amazing. We are one of a handful of organizations that count surgeons among our volunteer team. Our surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers and surgical technologists will staff five ORs from 7 in the morning until late at night.     Today is the first day of our mission in Gulu. Our day started early with a long bus ride from Kampala to Gulu. It ends tonight over dinner, where old friendships are re-kindled and new ones are built. Many mission veterans see each other a handful times during the year. We are spread far ...

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Uganda 2016 – Travel Day

The Medical Missions Foundation 2016 mission to Uganda officially starts on Sunday, September 11th. The preparation to get to this moment began last year at the end of the 2015 mission. Records were compiled, budgets were reviewed and a report was made to the Medical Missions FDN board.   It takes a village to pull off a feat like a mission. There is so much effort and passion required to successfully execute an operation of this scale. There are 63 members of Team Uganda this year. We will be serving the people of Gulu and the surrounding area. We are nurses, ...

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Uganda 2015 – The Pearl of Africa

  On September 25th, we began a journey that would change our lives forever. For some, it was a return trip to Uganda. Uganda is known as “The Pearl of Africa” and with good reason. My expectation was lots of dirt and desert and poverty. I got 2 of the 3 (no desert!). Uganda is a beautiful land of green jungles with lakes and rivers and wildlife. The poverty surrounds you, but the people are some of the most resilient I have ever encountered. They care for their families and loved ones. Family is everything to them! When a member of the family is hospitalized, ...

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Uganda 2015 – A Note from Ronald Reagan Okumu

We are honored each year to have such amazing support from parliament member, the Honorable Ronald Reagan Okumu. He is generous with his time before, during and after our mission. It has been our privilege to work with Reagan since our original scouting trip to Uganda. He posted a thank you on his Facebook page that we would to share with all of you.   Mark     I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MEDICAL MISSIONS FOUNDATION ON BEHALF OF OUR PEOPLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR 6 YEARS NOW. THIS YEAR ( FROM 26SEP.-4THOCT WITH 57 MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM THE USA) ...

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Uganda 2015 – Message from Fred

I would like to share some blog time with a young man that worked as a translator with our art team during our mission in Uganda. Let me introduce you to Fred Wokorach.   MY EXPERIENCE WITH MEDICAL MISSION FOUNDATION 2015 IN GULU (UGANDA)   I am Wokorach Fred Lukwiya a 24 years old student currently in the final year of study pursuing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science(BCS) from Gulu University in Gulu(Uganda).I hailed from Lugore Village, Owalo Parish, Palaro Sub-County in Aswa County Gulu District in the northern part of Uganda. Coming ...

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Uganda 2015 – Day 5

The most powerful part of this blog are not the words I write. The photographs tell the story here as they do on all of our missions. We (and especially me) are blessed to have two great photographers on this mission. Many of our participants leave early in the day and come back well after darkness. Their mission is spent inside the walls of the clinic or operating theater, so they miss out on what else is happening elsewhere. The photographs let them see the mission from the perspective of others.     Brad Miller, a Ugandan mission veteran who does ...

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Uganda 2015 – Photo Review 2

More great photos from our mission in Uganda. Click on any image to start the gallery review.    

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Uganda 2015 – Day 4

In the course of a mission, the stories are many. More often than not, they are told at end of the day over dinner and a beer or two. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you get to witness one right in front of you. I had that privilege yesterday and I am still overwhelmed thinking about it. David Waite, a physical therapist from my hometown of Ellinwood, KS, is a traveling clinician. He and his wife, Nicolette, are traveling from place to place in 3 month assignments. Their travels have taken them to Texas, Kansas, and after this brief stop in Gulu, they are off to fabulous Las ...

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Uganda 2015 – Day 3

The women do most of the work in Uganda, including preparing food, making clothing, fetching water and firewood and caring for the elderly and the orphaned. These women are like other women around the world in that they all face similar challenges, ranging from poverty to providing food, clothing, shelter and education for their families.     In Uganda and other low income countries, women and girls face serious challenges when it comes to managing their menstrual cycle. They lack access to affordable hygienic menstrual products and are forced to use ...

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Uganda 2015 – Photo Review 1

We are very lucky to have talented photographers with us on this mission. George Shadid and Brad Miller are capturing our journey throughout the week. Here are a few photographs we would like to share so you get a look at what we see during our trip. Click on any image to start the gallery review.  

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