Shaunessy's Medic Update

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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.

The medics are hungry for knowledge about how to prevent and treat illness among their communities. They also want skills to help them save lives.

Aaron Scott, an emergency room physician, recently held a training for the medics on first aid/emergency care. It came full circle for the medics and I knew they were grasping the information when applicable questions were being asked. One medic asked the doctor’s opinion on the use of black stones for scorpion bites. It is a common practice among this population to find a rare black stone in the bush area, put it into the fire and then press it against the scorpion bite to relieve pain and infection. Sharing cultural practices in relation to medicine is always an interesting part of this work.

This area of northern Uganda is a poor-resource setting, but don’t mistake that for a setting filled with incapable people. The men and women who happen to currently be refugees in this region are very intelligent, capable and willing. They are just currently dealt very few resources.

In October, the medics will receive further training by Lynn and Sharon Fogleman, both medical doctors working with Global Refuge. At the end of 2019 the medics will receive a test to assess all of the information and skills they have been taught this year. In January, they will then have a review of that information and continue working in their jobs with periodic education classes throughout next year to boost their work.

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Thanks to many of you who have given monthly to provide continued training, salaries and supplies to these medics. You are making an investment in the lives of these 40 men and women who are making a significant impact on their communities.

We have plans to train additional medics in this project in northern Uganda and hopefully in eastern DR Congo in 2020.

Shaunessy McNeely

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