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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Final Day

Usually, the final day of a medical mission is a bit slower, as the team winds down a week that is often physically exhausting. That was not the case today in Uganda. The doctors and nurses were determined to help as many children as possible receive surgery, which brought the total number of operations completed this week to 187.  Last month, we thought Dr. Situma was dreaming big at 100 surgeries, but clearly, with such an enormous need for hurting children, that dream had to grow even higher.

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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Day Five

The Ugandan people are celebrated for their spirit of generosity. Did you know that Uganda accepts more people fleeing persecution and war-torn lands than any other country on earth?  Over 1.4 million refugees have found safety in her borders.  When asked why such a poverty-stricken country would continue to help others in need, most Ugandans simply answer, “Because it’s the right thing to do.” Even those who have nothing material to give still offer their abundant prayers.

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2017 Cleft Medical Exchange: Meet Avery

In many countries around the world, superstitions abound surrounding children born with medical needs. In Africa for example, it’s frequently thought that children born with birth defects are a result of witchcraft. In China, thousands of babies are abandoned each year by families who believe it’s the only way to remove the “curse” that someone has placed on them. In Cambodia, a country where many believe strongly in reincarnation, people often believe children are born with birth defects as punishment for something the baby did in his or her previous life. The sad reality is that as long as people don’t have access to accurate medical knowledge about special needs, superstition and fear will prevail.

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