TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY THREE
Day three was a great stride towards this goal. We drove two hours to Kiryandongo, and set up our day’s clinic in a local school. The dynamic was different today in the sense that each clinic station, including triage, providers, physical therapy, and pharmacy, were each in a classroom within this small campus. This required efficient communication and a great team dynamic. This proved to not be a challenge because even though we lost two hours due to our longer commute, we were still able to see 216 patients and provide excellent quality healthcare to this amazing community.
Honestly, it was so humbling to see how the people in Kiryandongo were so content over so little. They have no idea what they do not have, and yet they display pure joy over something that should be so primary, like healthcare. It was incredible to see the direct impact we had on the people, and how everyone on the team worked so efficiently and like minded to reach the same goal.
+ Steve Lander and Danielle Lemus
TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY TWO
Like Toto’s song “Africa” we felt the rains on the way home today after seeing 236 patients in the Nyatonitz village.
With beaming smiling faces over 350 Ugandans were lined up waiting for us as we arrived to set up clinic in the church for the day. One mother had in tow all six of her children with her to be seen. Carrying one on her back and all seemed to be rather healthy and well and never complaining. That’s what is so humbling about being around Ugandans – they never complain. A young girl in primary school who had a stick penetrate her foot months ago and had an open wound remaining did not once complain. We treated her today and she minimally winced, but she never complained. They are just grateful and appreciative with love.
As we finished up the day children of all ages gathered around peaking in the windows on their way home from school. They giggled and played duck, duck, goose with volunteers. It was hard not to be reminded of the sweet innocence and joy we often forget about in our daily chaos back home. It’s that joy that all of us want to take back home and as well as those sweet faces.
+ Jaime Worsham, BSN,RN and Mary Helen Maskill
TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY ONE
Today the team traveled to the town of Mihembero, about a 45 minute drive away from Masindi. Upon arrival there were approximately 250 people waiting in line outside the church that we would soon make into our make-shift clinic. We set up clinic complete with a registration, triage, provider area, lab, pharmacy and even had screening for reading glasses and an area for physical therapy.
The people of the town were incredibly welcoming and inviting to our group. The local interpreters (20 in all) were awesome! There are over 70 languages spoke in Uganda, so they were vital to our success as a team. We were all very proud of our work, and we were very efficient in what we did. In total, we saw 207 patients!! The complaints ranged from common reflux symptoms, back pain from years of farming, kids with a load of rashes, diarrhea and abdominal pain from dysentery, etc. We were able to use point of care ultrasound for instant echoes or abdominal exam as well as were able to give in clinic IM antibiotics. We also had an incredible variety of medicines to prescribe in our pharmacy. Most of the patients were incredibly thankful for the time taken to listen to their complaints and worries…even if the only treatment we gave was multivitamins and reassurance.
After an exhausting but successful day we made our way back (with our many bins!) to the Masindi hotel for a delicious dinner and our nightly debriefing session.
Today was as smooth and successful as we could have ever hoped for, but tomorrow we are hoping to be even smoother. We are so excited and blessed to be here, and can’t wait to enjoy the rest of the week!
Go team go!!
+ Joe Lightsey and Amanda Sanders
MUSC Internal Medicine PGY3 Residents