GLOBAL HEALTH INFLUENCERS BLOG

TEAM UGANDA: FUN DAY

August 12, 2018

After five days of outreach clinics, serving over 900 people of Uganda, the August 2018 Uganda Team enjoyed other aspects of the Uganda culture. We drove to Murchison Falls National Park late Friday afternoon to be able to experience a Safari today.

What a magnificent morning to see the sunrise over the Nile River. It brought to mind God’s promise of faithfulness that His compassion is new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).

The team’s adventure continued thru the national park to observe a variety of animals in their natural habitat. We were able to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation and support the local tourism economy.

As we drove thru the WFNP, I noticed the caravan of Safari vehicles traveling on the road ahead and remembered to be thankful that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). As the team gathered to share each night, so many expressed their thanks for this opportunity to serve in Uganda, this opportunity that God prepared in advance for us.

Late Saturday afternoon we returned to Masindi to finalize inventory to prepare for the December 2018 team. Please pray for this team as they prepare to continue to serve in Uganda.

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 5

August 10, 2018

We’ve had four long days and we’re feeling a bit fatigued. This may explain my mixed emotions: joy, sadness, love, emptiness, compassion and helplessness.

As we drove to the village, I gazed out the window watching to local people. I began counting the bare feet. Less than 50% of the people were wearing shoes. Adults riding motorcycles and bicycles had bare feet. Women and children wee walking barefoot while carrying water or other supplies in their head. Men and women digging with hoes while barefoot. Children in uniforms were walking to school without shoes. My heart was saddened as I observed the numerous bare feet treading on the dirt and rocks.

I also see the strength and perseverance in the Ugandans. No one appears to be complaining. Then I see joy and contentment as I observe a young girl , about 8 years old, skipping on the road as she approaches her school. And a young boy is smiling and waving as he rides with 2 others on a motorcycle (aka bota bota) to school.

I’m reminded that we must continue to share with God’s people who are in need ( Romans 12:13). I’ve learned so much from the Ugandans: to be content and joyful despite the circumstances around you. I’m inspired to persevere in hope and faith and to be thankful for all of God’s provisions at all times.

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 4

From the start of the day, both my father and I were fortunate enough to be greeted with the warmest of welcomes at our outreach clinic. The line roared with song and cheers; their gratefulness was overwhelming to say the least. This trip has been an amazing experience for us as a student and a physician, as well as a son and father respectively.

After unloading and getting ready for the day, I (Patrick, the student) was whisked away to face a challenge I’ve never experienced before: handling a pharmacy. I’m a biochemistry student and have been blessed to learn about many things throughout my life but, alas, pharmacy stuff was not one of them. Thankfully my team was exceptional in teaching me the ropes and by the end of the day I was able to do things I thought were impossible at the beginning. This whole trip has been a reflection of today because I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to a wonderful new culture and learn so many things about myself and the world around me. I couldn’t be happier to share this growth with my father and I cannot wait to be back one day to serve others just as we have been doing all week!

This is Patrick’s first trip to Africa but this is my fourth (Dr. Steve). My son was reluctant to come at times due to the fear of the unknown but I knew this experience would be amazing for him. It has been an absolute pleasure to travel with him and show him all the wonderful things here.

Today I worked with Ashley, another student on this trip, along with the rest of the providers. We saw twelve cases of malaria, nine cases of Schistosomiasis (all of them my patients), one typhoid and one case of chlamydia. A young boy faced a severe seizure today and will make it to MKMC for another assessment.

All the best to family and friends in Canada and USA from Patrick and Dr. Steve. OnewWorld Health has done an excellent job of keeping us safe and allowing us to serve those in need.

+ Patrick, Undergrad Student
Canada
+ Dr. Steve, Family Medicine MD
Canada

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