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Sheila D'Herde

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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2009

90 Patients Give Their Lives to Christ at Medical Clinic Outreach in Uganda

We went to Kampala, Uganda. They weren't kidding when they said we were going to remote areas! The first village we went to was a fishing village. We traveled two hours down a dirt road that had more potholes than road. Our clinics were held outdoors. We set up clinic near another village the second two days. On our last day, we saw more than 500 patients.

We had 36 members on this team. It was amazing how we all came together to make the clinic flow. The first area was registration. Patients gave their name, age and chief complaint. Next was triage and vital signs. We took vital signs, height and weight. Next was the holding area where patients waited to see the doctor. During this time they were educated on hygiene and the prevention of HIV transmission. Then they saw the doctor and went to the treatment area if needed. Before they left, we offered prayer and counseling.

I worked in the triage/vital sign station for the most part, but also spent some time in the treatment area and prayer area. In the triage area I worked with two young adults who had no medical experience. It was a great opportunity to do teaching with them and see them take off with what they learned and become independent. I was very proud of them! I very much enjoyed working in this area because I was able to make contact with all the patients coming through. My medical knowledge came in handy as I could assess which patients needed to be fast-tracked to see the physician.

My last trip to Africa helped me because I knew how much I loved these people. They are a very giving people. It seems our society is all about taking care of ourselves. In Africa, especially in the villages, the community is concerned for the welfare of the whole village. Everyone is responsible for the wellbeing of the children, even if they aren't yours. I had also helped at a clinic on my last trip. I felt overwhelmed and wasn't sure I even helped anyone. Working in the clinic on my last mission trip gave me an idea of how difficult it is for those in outlying areas to get healthcare. I think that's why I wanted to go on a medical mission trip, but it had to be faith based as well.

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