GLOBAL HEALTH INFLUENCERS BLOG

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 3

May 11, 2017
As we entered our second day at Runyana it was clear this site was going to provide us with some of the most heart breaking and medically complex cases of our careers. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Joe Calandra remarked that it was particularly heart breaking for him to see adolescents with congenital malformations significantly limiting their function, as in the US they would have been easily fixed and living a normal life.
Rehab was put to the test throughout the day as not one, but three patients came in walking on their hands crippled by Polio. They worked tirelessly to repair a wheelchair that had once been thought to be trash so that two of those patients left out sitting upright. A truly amazing sight that made everyone stop and remember why they came on this trip. The third was measured for a custom chair. The team will pull resources to look for a vendor to donate or fundraise to purchase.
The team got back very late as we saw our highest number of patients to date, 227! Another successful day.

TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 2

May 10, 2017

Today in clinic we saw 94 patients! Before coming on this trip, I was unsure of what to expect. I have now come to realize that it has been full of many moments that are combining to shape us into the types of providers we will become. Today we were located in the coastal town of Playa Gigante, and helped numerous patients with prenatal care, treating infections and assisting patients with both therapy and in prayer.
This morning, I met a little girl that I will not soon forget. Upon listening to her heart, I heard a murmur and was able to identify the source of her chest pain. Afterwards, we played and laughed together. To her, both actions mattered the same. Though seemingly minor, it was a moment that put into perspective the entirety of this trip. We are here to help patients and show compassion in any way that we can, and I can only hope that we continue to have special moments like this and be blessed throughout the remainder of our time here!

+ Brooke Waston, MUSC PA Student

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 2

Today we went to the village of Runyanya where we set up clinic at an elementary school. This village was an hour and a half away from Masindi and had less access than what we’ve seen previously. The line of patients was wrapped around the church again as we pulled up in the vans and we quickly unloaded and got to work.  We saw patients for many diseases but the prevalence of malaria was a lot higher than yesterday. Typically, if one child tested positive for malaria so did the entire family. Many patients in this area were treated for asthma and taught to use an inhaler. It was evident majority of the people had never seen an inhaler before so witnessing their excitement was something special to see.

Overall, with each day, it becomes more obvious that the most important thing we can do for these patients is educate them on the importance of diet, exercise, and drinking clean water. We also saw some unique patients such as one born without a sternum and one who fell out of a mango tree. The patient without a sternum was an 11 year old girl whose beating heart was visible through her chest. The other was a young boy who had fallen from the tree and was suffering from some kind of abdominal trauma. Luckily, we were able to bring both of them back to MKMC with us to get them the proper care they need. It’s amazing how OneWorld Health goes above and beyond to provide the opportunity for these patients to have access to such care that they otherwise would be left to live without. At the end of the day triage, providers, PT/OT therapy, dental, glasses and pharmacy were able to see and treat over 170 patients. Tomorrow we get to return to the same site in Runyanya where we hope to treat at least 170 patients again! 

+ Shelby Norris, MUSC PA Student
+ Lauren Maxwell, MUSC PA Student

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