Uganda 2015 – Day 2

It is Tuesday morning in Uganda, and the mission is in full swing. The ORs are full already and our surgical patients line the rail which serves as our waiting area. It is quiet. There are the very young and the very old. Most are healthy with conditions that need to be treated with surgical intervention. Medical Missions has pre-screened 400+ patients and the schedule is nearly full for the week. There are many medical mission groups around the world, but only a few offer surgical interventions. Medical Missions Foundation is proud that we have a group of dedicated ...

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Uganda 2015 – Day 1

St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital is a full service facility. There are ICU units, burn units, Operating Rooms and hospital wards scattered in multiple buildings organized around a central courtyard with Bougainvillea trees in full purple bloom. Under these trees on the hard packed red dirt are the caretakers of the patients who are currently in the hospital. In US hospitals, nurses typically do the lion’s share of the care. In Uganda, the nurses primarily dispense medication and attend to more critical patient needs such as dressing changes and wound care. There is not a ...

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Uganda 2015 – Day 0

It is Day 0 here in Uganda. It is called Day 0 because the mission does not officially start until tomorrow. However, the planning has been going on for about 10 months. After the conclusion of last year’s mission, reports are compiled, budgets are reconciled and the process begins again.   We left Entebbe, a major city in Central Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. The mission begins in earnest tomorrow. Our advance team arrived 2 days ahead of us to get things organized and reconnect with our Ugandan partners representing both ...

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Hope

The 2014 edition of the Uganda Medical Mission Trip is now complete. As we start to see coworkers, friends and family for the first time they will ask questions about how the trip was, what we experienced and how many patients did we see. There is a period of “re-entry” when you come back from a trip like this. The experience is hard to process at first as something special happens to you while you are gone. Through the long hours and little sleep you start to look around and notice a group of people from varying walks of life, ages and backgrounds come together to ...

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Night Owl

  There are many stories about going far beyond the call of duty from mission volunteers. The family and friends following along should be proud of the work their loved ones are doing. We could post about a different person every day as they are all doing more than you could imagine. It is difficult to single out one person but over the last two missions in Uganda this nurse as worked the night shift to care for the surgical patients and we wanted to tell her story.   Kay Johnson, from North Kansas City Hospital is an experienced mission traveler and is no ...

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Let’s Get Care to the People

The work of our clinic team really is an amazing story. Each day they travel by bus to a remote location. Not down a smoothly paved road but rather a rough and bouncy journey down a dusty red dirt path. Along the way you see the real Uganda. No matter which way you look you see round huts with straw roofs, children walking along the road to get to school and women balancing baskets of food or containers of water on their head to take needed supplies back to their family. The journey itself can be emotional as you see how the people here are living. But as you come upon ...

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How A Life Can Be Changed In an Instant

Today was a special day among the Medical Missions Uganda Team. In a week full of amazing events there are a many that stick with you long after you return to your life back home. You realize something has changed and then you recall it was a day like today and a special visit to the Lacor Burn Unit.     When you visit the unit you soon see the beds are filled with children with different degrees of burns. The stories about how the patients arrived in the burn unit vary from boiling water, to falling in a fire to intentional burns inflicted by ...

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It Starts With One

Everyday amazing things happen as a result of a simple gesture. As our team began to unload supplies at Lacor Hospital, a young man watched and listened as our team refreshed their memory of how to use the Ugandan language. The young man giggled at the way we struggled as we worked through basic Ugandan phrases and were not quickly mastering it all. Soon he stepped in to help with both the language lesson and the unloading of equipment.   We quickly learned his name was Joel. He had heard an ad on the radio about an American medical team arriving soon and ...

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Rise to the Call

Long days and very short nights are the theme for the medical team for a mission trip and Uganda is definitely no different. There is very little time we are in country and precious work needs be done by our surgical staff. Trust that not one minute is wasted during our time here.   The days begin very early with buses rolling as the sun comes up with a return trip after dark. Typically, our surgical team returns well past 10pm for a late dinner and a quick rest before returning for their surgical cases the next morning. Transportation by most of our ...

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Dr. Zamierowski Makes House Calls

At breakfast one morning, Dr. Zamierowski shared that for the first time ever, Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) made house calls in the Gulu area. While Dr. Zamierowski shared about this experience, I could see the pain in eyes, which stemmed from the deep emotion he felt for the children's suffering he learned about during his visit. During the house calls, Dr. Zamierowski and Abigail Hayo along with other MMF volunteers met with a priest, Brother Elio Croce, who takes in children that have cerebral palsy or are paraplegics. Dr. Zamierowski referred to this priest as a ...

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