Shaunessy's Medic Update

My time with the medics was the highlight of my recent trip to Rhino Refugee Camp, northern Uganda. I greatly enjoyed my time together with them. Providing employment and income for them is wonderful, but the investment, through knowledge and skills into their future, is exciting! It just makes sense, and we know it will last beyond their time of displacement.

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Snake Bites and Portable Ultrasounds: Thoughts from Dr. Aaron

Dinner last night was interrupted by shrieks of pain, so we put down our food and trotted over to manage a ten year old just bitten by a snake. She was in extraordinary pain which we eased with medications and a splint. She was then monitored for the complications of snake bites-neurotoxicity, coagulation disorders and limb threatening swelling. Fortunately, none of these ever evolved.

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Thoughts from Lynn

They are refugees who have been selected to move in the midst of their own camp communities with malaria test kits, anti-malaria medication, and information and education for their people. In sharing this knowledge, they hope to help many others prevent or contain the ravages of disease which assail these camps daily.

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Thoughts from Sharon

Leaving at 6 am this morning, we were picked up by Bosco (one of the GRI drivers) to go out to Imvepi Clinic, a 2-hour drive. For the first hour we traveled rocky roads in the dark, lit by our vehicle and a sliver of new moon. As dawn arrived, we were met by more and more students walking along the road to local schools, by early morning fires near homes preparing morning tea, by packed trucks with people headed off to Arua. The daylight revealed dusty land with sparse trees and farmers in their fields preparing to plant as the rains draw near. Two hours later --- we had arrived!

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