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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Antigua Day By Day

Antigua Day 1 — Sunday   Today was the first day of work at the Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro, the hospital and church that has welcomed in our Medical Missions Foundation teams for the past 11 years. After a tour around the facilities and a brief message from Annabella and Odra, the two wonderful women who make our stays at the Obras possible, the teams separated and went to work.   For the Antigua trip, Sunday is famous for being the long day, the exhausting day. Not this year. Under many experienced team leaders, the Pharmacy and Post-Op team ...

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Father’s Day and Men of Steel

Romania on June 16 2013 It is 9:23 am in Kansas City (Medical Missions Foundation home base) and 5:23 PM here in Botoşani (Bow-tow-shawn).  Back home, Father’s Day is likely starting for most dads with church or breakfast in bed or maybe, if dad is really lucky, just sleeping in.   The story is a little different here. First of all Father’s Day is not celebrated in Romania – although my translator tells me there is a similar holiday called “National Beer Day”. Oh how I love the Romanian dry wit! So looks like the father’s on our team will be ...

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Oh The Things You Will See

Even Dr. Seuss could not have predicted the things one sees on a mission. Sometimes the doctors and nurses are even surprised. Equally surprising is their ability to diagnose and treat some of the conditions they discover. To be on the medical team you must be part Dr. Oz and part MacGyver. This week an astonishing (and sometimes overwhelming) 600 patients were seen in clinic and 26 surgical procedures were performed. Yes, I will say that again from Sunday afternoon until Thursday at 3 PM, our team screened, diagnosed and treated 600 patients and Dr. Hechler performed...

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Driving Days for his Father’s Care

Paul, a civil works contractor and father of four, has traveled all the way from Eastern Uganda to help his father get the medical treatment he needs. Assisted by his two brothers, the sons have traveled two long days by bus in hope that their father would receive surgery to remove the large hernia that has been causing him much pain. Paul shared that although his father is of 74 years old, he still needs his father’s encouragement, advice, and wisdom. Keep in mind that according to UNICEF, the average age life expectancy is 54. Paul wants nothing more than to keep his ...

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MMF Saves a Child’s Life

The MMF medical team has seen close to 500 people at the local clinics from September 16th through September 17th. Yesterday, the medical team, art team, and local children posed for a photograph at the Lagwiny Health Center II, one of the satellite health clinics. At this location, there was a wide variety of cases ranging from tumors to rashes and skin irritations. MMF Saves a Baby's Life Yesterday at the clinic, Janna, an MMF volunteer from Canada, noticed that a three year old baby was extremely lathergic and wasn't moving. The baby was found to have a fever 40.2 ...

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Story of a War Survivor

This is Jaclyn Collins, reporting back in on behalf of the Medical Missions team. Throughout the week a man named Edward has served as one of our group’s drivers. During transport, I was able to hear Edward’s personal story. Although it is horrifying, it is moving, and I hope it inspires others to tell people about the resilient people of Uganda and Medical Missions Foundation’s work here. Abducted by the LRA Edward is now a middle-aged man, though he reminisces back to his years as a young college student as we talk. At just 22 years old, Edward takes me back ...

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