Thoughts from Lynn
With new refugees continuing to come over the border from war-torn South Sudan into Uganda, Global Refuge continues to seek out ways of providing healthcare to more and more people. One method is to train and develop medics in the camps. 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.
My wife, Sharon, and I had the privilege of witnessing the foundational training this past week of 20 medics in Odobu Health Center II in Rhino Camp. These are mostly young adults selected from different sections and tribes of the camp, who have the minds and hearts to care for the health needs of the people of their communities. They are to be equipped for this service with GRI-provided supplies. But GRI also looks to the future of these young people and the people they will teach by supplying the treasure of the knowledge of how to maintain health. And they will be able to retain, use, and pass on this treasure for the rest of their lives. No effort to educate on these basics is wasted, for they can never be taken away from minds which are hungry for health knowledge. They can be used here and now in the camps of northern Uganda, and they can continue to be used on that long-awaited day when they can safely return to their home country of South Sudan.
GRI staff trainers led the medics on the first steps of the journey of training—with 2 days of taking the medics through the very basics of human anatomy, physiology, basic medical evaluation, first aid, and the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses. They learn when and how to refer patients with more complicated problems to the GRI Health Center. The training days were packed full of this information taught from the GRI handbook. The students were diligent and eager to quickly absorb the material. The committed trainers continued to support each other to cover essential points of learning—and reviewing at the end of sections for comprehension.
But the journey of acquiring and applying such knowledge has just begun. This group will report back regularly to the trainers for supplies, for advice, and for further education. And as they grow in ability to serve their people, they will be reminded of their privilege to serve and to care for their people to the glory of God.
Dr. M. Lynn Fogleman, GRI Board Member