GLOBAL HEALTH INFLUENCERS BLOG

TEAM UGANDA: FUN DAY

May 15, 2017
Today, the team we woke up in beautiful Murchison Falls at the crack of dawn to take part in an authentic African safari. Equipped with breakfast in hand and cameras charged, we piled into 3 pop-top vans and made our way to the park. The park rangers kept us safe as we traveled through the park and saw Jackson heart beasts, eagles, water bucks, warthogs, water buffalos, origes, giraffes, Uganda cobbs, hippos and of course African elephants! It was an incredible experience, even if a baboon stole my snack upon boarding the vans!
At the end of our stay at Murchison Falls, the team gathered to debrief and share our thoughts and feelings about how the trip went. The team shared what they learned, found surprising and laughed about memories made. We talked about the “Now what?” feeling that is is going to happen when re-entering home culture. We have all certainly changed, yet our home environment has not. Coming home can be difficult and discouraging, but with the support of our friends and teammates we can help to integrated our new knowledge and growth into our lives at home.
Tonight we celebrate our journey at the Masindi Hotel. The OneWorld Health May Uganda Team was able to serve a total of 913 Ugandan citizens, providing them with free primary, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy, eye and pharmaceutical care. This trip, though emotionally and physically trying, has been absolutely incredible. This trip has demonstrated the the power of love can do amazing things.
One of the life lessons that will stay with me the most is that all people, from every walk of life, has had their own obstacles and burdens to overcome and everyone is deserving of love, care and respect.
+ Marina Clements, MUSC DPT Student

TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 5

It’s hard to believe that today was our last day of clinic in Nicaragua. We had the pleasure of serving in the new Tola clinic, which is pretty different than the sites we have been working in all week. It was really cool to be able to serve in an urban center. We were able to work with and provide health care to 106 patients. We were so thankful to be welcomed by the town and the clinic.

We got the chance to work with so many amazing patients, but one stood out in our minds today. Our provider team diagnosed a boy with cerebral palsy and was sent our way in therapy. We were able to educate his mom on making an adaptive washcloth to allow him to be more independent in his daily life!

After clinic, we packed up and headed to the Pacific Ocean. We spent the end of our day at Playa Gigante playing on the beach and attempting to surf (well some of us!). It’s hard to believe our week in clinic has come to a close, it’s been such a rewarding experience and we have been so welcomed by the Nicaraguan people.

We will always remember our time spent in Nicaragua!

+ Eliza Gunner, MUSC OTD Student

+ Caroline Emmanuel, MUSC OTD Student

TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 4

May 12, 2017

Today was our last full day of clinic and it was full of the same amount of energy and excitement as the first! Our team has been really clicking and doing so well at adapting to new roles everyday. When we arrived at the clinic, there were already about 100 people lined up. It was so nice to see that the time we put in yesterday after clinic had reached so many people who were in need.

This was my first day in the provider role and I was really excited to test my knowledge and figure out the best plan for the patients who were coming in. The people of Nicaragua are some of the most thankful people and it is so great interacting with them. I was able to give my first joint injection today which was very exciting for me! It shows me how far I have come in such a short amount of time and it was nice to take a step back and realize that. Often times we focus on what we do not know but moments like this make you take a step back and see the whole picture. At the end of clinic we got some kind words from the community leader to finish off the day. We saw 198 patients today and finished in time to get some ice cream before dinner! (Shout out to Evan!)

While this trip is medically based, it is important to realize there has been so much personal growth. Everyday we get a word of the day and today was “vulnerable”. Often times, people hate to be vulnerable so taking time to reflect on that was very helpful. Some great personal stories have been shared throughout the day and it broke down a lot of barriers for our team. It is such a special experience being here and as much as I love the medical side, it is so much bigger than that!

+ Morgan Wilson, MUSC PA student

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