Out of Africa

As our caravan makes its way through Murchison Falls National Park, a waterbuck stands careful guard - as if to warn us of the elephant in the foggy distance that has knocked a tree down and into the roadway. Team Uganda has been back in the States a little less than two weeks now. I've sat down several times to write my last entry, but for some reason, the words which flowed so freely while in Uganda, seem to escape me now. Maybe it's easier to write when you are in the thick of things - images, sounds and smells swirling all around. If I close my eyes, they ...

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Uganda 2019 – The Hippo Room

What if society could be like the hippo room? Why can’t it be? The elderly men had been getting to know each other for several days as they waited to be screened for surgery. Some were from other districts, others from down the road. Late Sunday afternoon they were lined up on wooden benches, all holding a small blue card and their medical record. We filled out the forms, the one from Lacor ominously asking for next of kin rather than an emergency contact. And when their surgery day arrived they again sat together on a bench, talking and patiently waiting. A kind ...

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Delivering Smiles

The goal of Medical Missions Foundation is to provide surgical and medical care to underserved communities. It's always the primary focus of our missions - the smiles are a bonus. Based on this collection of photos, we deliver more smiles than Amazon on December 24th. Whether we are poking playful fun at each other, celebrating a birthday, connecting with a kiddo, relaxing after hours with an adult beverage, shaking our groove thangs at a dance party in the burn unit, sticking our tongues out (apparently that's a Team favorite) at each other or just being plain goofy, ...

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Finding Comfort

com·fort – noun: state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint Sometimes life is rich with irony. Such is the case with a sweet little girl named Comfort. While she is well known to many of our veteran Uganda volunteers, I knew nothing of Comfort until last Wednesday evening when the Team took a field trip to the Burn Village in Gulu. The Burn Village is a place of respite for those being seen in the burn unit at Lacor Hospital as well as their families. It’s a Ronald McDonald House of sorts. The Village was brainchild of Medical ...

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KC Proud in Africa!

We may be a long way from home, but we showing our Kansas City pride all week long. We want everyone we come in to contact with to know where we are from and how much we love our hometown! And as you can see, that pride is catching on with our new friends and colleagues!

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Picture Perfect

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”— Destin Sparks, Photographer I have never been anyplace in my life where I felt as if every moment was a Kodak moment as Gulu. I've taken over a thousand photos and will take more before I lay my head down on my own pillow Monday night. Pictures really do tell the story when words fail and hearts are full. So please enjoy this gallery of some of my favorites thus far this week.

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You Gotta Have Faith

The Sisters of St. Mary Immaculate of Gulu have a retirement community on the grounds of Lacor Hospital. Each year when the team from Medical Missions arrives, they make sure to carve out time to visit the convent and provide check-ups for the nuns who are such a vital party of the community. This week, our clinic team comprised of Don Hodson, Mandy Sims, Kay Johnson and Tammy Minshall made a visit to the good sisters. There are presently 11 nuns who reside this simple, peaceful home just doors from the bustling halls of the hospital. Considering the life ...

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Stayin Alive

One thing you learn on a mission is to never take anything for granted. Despite a really stellar nursing school - currently there are a total 500 men and women enrolled in the two-year program. While their training is extensive Medical Missions discovered they do not receive CPR training. Statistics show that 90 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest die before reaching a hospital. Many Ugandans would have to travel hours to reach a hospital, if they even have access to transport, as there are only 155 hospitals in the entire country for a ...

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The Happiest People on Earth

Forget Disney World. The happiest place on Earth is Uganda! Two things are undisputed about Uganda - it has one of the youngest populations in the world and the happiest people in all of Africa and, I would argue, in the world! The population of Uganda is estimated at approximately 43 million with nearly 10 million of those living in poverty. A whopping 77% of Ugandans are under 30 years of age – that translates to 7,310,386 youth from the ages of 15–24 years of age. This is to a combination of factors ...

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Team Uganda 2019

We posed for this Team Uganda picture prior to departure at KCI. It is missing a few very important faces, so look for a complete, official photo later this week!

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