Health Care – Gulu
Provide health care as part of a long term initiative of the Orthodox Church in Uganda by ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in Gulu and neighboring villages in northern Uganda. This region has suffered because of civil war and uprisings in neighboring areas.
The 2014 OCMC Health Care Team to Uganda has been invited to visit Orthodox communities and set up rural health clinics. The Team will minister to patients, many who will travel by foot from surrounding areas. The Team will begin its ministry at the Orthodox Mission Center and the Holy Cross Hospital (a ministry of the Orthodox Church of Uganda) in Kampala. The Team will then travel to the Gulu region, north of Kampala.
A great need exists to offer basic health education lessons that will help families and individuals in this region. Hygiene, prenatal and postnatal care of mother and child, when to see a doctor, symptoms and care of PTSD, transmission and treatment of malaria, STD’s, URI, and diarrhea, care of febrile children, women’s and men’s health issues and other topics.
This project was initiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah as part of a long term health care outreach of the Metropolis of Kampala and all Uganda. For over two decades, the Acholi people of northern Uganda have struggled with the consequences of civil war and the pain and suffering that have resulted. While health care in Uganda has improved in this time span, many villages are reliant on non-governmental agencies to cover health care gaps that the Ministry of Health cannot fill due to lack of finances and manpower.
Members will educate and care for people with malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, stress related illnesses, ulcers, skin diseases, diabetes, eye problems, STD’s, TB, secondary infections from AIDS and other tropical diseases. Medical professionals can give the gift of hope by volunteering their skills in this outreach.
Health care professionals – doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, health care students and other medical personnel – are needed.
Health Care professionals can give the gift of hope and healing by volunteering.
Dates: August 18 – August 30, 2014
Cost: $1,475 + airfare
|* Airfare not included in Team costs. Team members must travel on scheduled dates; air travel to be coordinated with OCMC; ground transportation will be provided. Team members are encouraged to raise the additional funds to cover the cost of domestic and international travel.|