TEAM(S) NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 1
On Monday our group had the opportunity to tour the standing clinic here in Sebaco. We met some of the staff and saw where patients are able to receive exams and treatment from several different specialists. We were impressed by the extensive services provided by the team here on a daily basis.
After our tour we drove a few minutes down the road to set up for our first day of clinic in a local church. Although we had to work through a few kinks of setting up for the first time, we were able to meet with and provide medical treatment to over 200 men, women and children from the community. It was a fantastic first day to get a feel for what the rest of the week has in store.
NICARAGUA TEAM TWO (El Viejo)
Today was the first day of clinic! Being the first day, there was a little apprehension not knowing exactly what we would see and do. After we set up all of the stations and began to see our first patients of the day, everything quickly fell into place.
We were involved in the patient triage. This is where patients come and are first evaluated to find out what is wrong and what type of provider is needed. The only way we can communicate to our patients is through a translator, and the one we had today ended up being an unexpected blessing to us! After about the first 8-10 patients came to us, he quickly adapted and without having to even discuss our routine, he just made everything easier and helped it to flow smoothly!
By the end of the day we had seen over 240 patients but he was not done. You could see his servant heart wanting more of his people to come and receive the medical care that we were providing–he would have stayed there and worked all night had more people still been in line seeking help! The love that he showed for his fellow neighbors and countrymen was amazing!
+ Leon Moore
+ Chandler Blevins
TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 1
Day one of clinic and my body is covered from head to toe in dirt, my back aches, but my heart has never felt so full. We began the morning waking up at sunrise with eager and anxious minds not knowing what the day would bring. After a 60 min drive through the tall, green, vast fields of sugar cane we arrived in Onadra. Upon arriving we were greeted by hundreds of smiling faces clapping and cheering as we parked the vans and set up clinic.
After quickly setting up all the different stations, we greeted our first group of patients. Seeing the pure joy of each and every patient as we would assess their pain and needs was worth every long mile traveled. The people could not express enough gratitude for our service. Little did they know, they were impacting my life in ways I couldn’t even begin to put into words.. and it’s only day one!!
After seeing around 140 patients we packed up our supplies and headed back to Masindi hotel where a delicious dinner was waiting on us. Coming together as a group after a long hard day and talking about ways to improve and hearing all of the different stories each person experienced was an inspiring start for the week to come. We ended the night getting to gaze up at a partial lunar eclipse. WHOOHOO GO ASTRONOMY!!
I can’t express how thankful I am for the experience and this culture. It’s only day one and my heart is full of love for these people. Excited to see what the Lord does with the rest of the week! HUGS!
+ Bailey Turner, Scribe, Stillwater Medical Center
Photo by Josh Drake
TEAM(S) NICARAGUA: SUNDAY FUNDAY
NICARAGUA TEAM ONE (Sébaco)
Today, we had a good breakfast at the hotel, an interesting tour of a park on Lake Managua, then hit the road in a yellow school bus (un-air conditioned) into the country side.
Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in this hemisphere. Over 42% of the county lives below the poverty level. Over 55% of the population is under 15. Lack of education and limited access to quality health care also contribute to the cycle of poverty.
On the other hand, the countryside is gorgeous and filled with beautiful mountains. We had a great lunch at the Rosti Pollo in Sébaco followed by a visit to the Sébaco clinic. It was then a short bus ride up to Esteli where we checked in at another Hotel Hex.
After a short rest in our rooms, we met and divided into our groups- registration, triage, physicians, dentists, etc. and made plans for our first clinic day tomorrow. By breaking into teams we were able to get more detailed in our planing and preparations. While there are still questions and unknowns we are ready to see patients in the morning. We roll out early to make the drive to Sébaco. We are excited and ready for tomorrow to do what we came here to do-to provide excellent care to these Nicaraguan patients.
+ Richard Liipfert and Dawn Liipfert
+ Jimmy Asbell
NICARAGUA TEAM TWO (El Viejo)
Happy Sunday from Nicaragua! We have had a great rain-filled day. We got a tour of the El Viejo Clinic, the first OneWorld Health clinic in Nicaragua; there Dr. Jenny, our medical director, and Oscar, our in-country volunteer coordinator, did a great job explaining the services that the clinic offered and community impact it’s had since opening.
After that we loaded up our supplies for the week and returned to the hotel to take inventory and prepare for tomorrow. We finished the day with delicious dinner and some team encouragement. We have had amazing food everyday, but one of my favorites was dinner tonight. We were served salad, rice, mixed veggies, potatoes, steak and awesome fish (corvina sea bass)!
We are so excited and ready to go serve the people of Nicaragua–can’t wait to see all God has in store for us this week! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!
+ Jennifer Meredith
+ Sandi Phillips