GLOBAL HEALTH INFLUENCERS BLOG

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 3

August 9, 2018

Today was another day in the incredible village of Bweyale. Pulling up for the second morning in a row to a line of people lined around their church, we strove to treat and serve as many as we could.

Today Dr. Brian and Jayme were scheduled to perform multiple surgeries, including an amputation, at MKMC with OneWorld Health’s local staff.

Despite being short handed, the team rallied. Special shout out to the providers as they were two docs and three med students who crushed it today. Working as a cohesive unit, we were all able to serve over 150 patients.

As occurred yesterday, the church leaders prayed over us as we departed. Praying for continued success in our journey to assist those in the next villages. It does the heart good to know Bweyale is a future site of a permanent clinic.

+ Jack, Senior Wealth Manager
Colorado

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 2

August 7, 2018

What happens when you give an occupational therapist and an engineering student some PVC pipe bunch of duct tape and an adult sized neck brace? It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but the answer is a seating system for a baby with poor trunk control.

Everyone has been hard at work this week, but this blog post will hone in on the role of the Therapy Team. We have two Occupational Therapists and two Physical Therapists on our team fearlessly treating whatever the provider team sends our way. The most common diagnosis has been back pain, but we’ve also seen knee, foot, shoulder and arm pain, wounds, stroke patients and children with developmental delays. Our fabulous drivers have set up a fire to heat water for making splints each day, so we’ve been able to custom mold orthotic devices for several patients.

Some of the more unique cases have involved adapting a wheelchair for a young girl, fitting a baby with a neck brace and fitting splints into a girl with contracture in both her legs. The case described in the first paragraph was so gratifying to work on. The baby was a ten month old that couldn’t sit up independently yet and still had a sunken fontanel (still had its ‘soft spot’) so is at increased risk for a brain injury. The mom has five other children and wanted a safe place to seat the baby. We designed a seating system that will allow the baby to move some without being able to fall over. It’s adjustable so as the baby’s balance improved, there can be more freedom for movement. I also taught the mom some exercises to increase trunk control and work on pre-crawling skills. The best part was seeing the mom’s reaction and how happy and grateful she was to have some more freedom to care for her other children and do more without constantly having to have the baby strapped to her back.

+ Alicia Mau, Occupational Therapist
South Carolina

TEAM UGANDA: CLINIC DAY 1

Today was our first day of clinic, we traveled about an hour and a half on dirt roads and set up in a small brick church. Due to the high need, we saw over 200 patients. There was an immense number of malaria and STI cases that we treated, as well as many serious wounds (that were gnarly). There were many kids in addition to men and women. Many kids, if not sick, played all day with some of our Children’s Therapy team. We had a patient come through with a old injury that resulted in her foot being permanently disfigured and we were able to schedule a surgery for her at the OneWorld Health hospital in Masindi later this week.

We are super excited for what we will see tomorrow as we are going to a different village, where we will serve for two days. Our team is ecstatic to serve and expectant to see what the Lord will do in us and through us as we continue to move through this week. Prayers would be appreciated!

+ Ashley Armas, Undergrad Student
Texas
+ Meghan Baske, Undergrad Student
North Carolina

Photo by Barak Bruerd for OneWorld Health

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