Uganda (MNN) — The World Well being Group says 81 new Ebola instances emerge every week within the Congo, making this outbreak the second largest in historical past. Of the two,765 confirmed Ebola instances, 1,808 folks misplaced their lives.
Ebola presents an enormous public well being menace for neighboring Uganda. AMG Worldwide has but to come across any Ebola instances at its medical clinic and nursing college in Bugongi, Uganda.
Nonetheless, the outbreak does spotlight the necessity for medical care within the space, and particularly for nurses, says AMGs Invoice Passons. Theres a extreme scarcity of nurses and medical clinics in distant communities.
Nurses are the primary line of protection each time we see one among these disaster come up as a result of most individuals don’t have entry to medical doctors.
Witch medical doctors or which physician?
Tribal custom is one other main menace to public well being, particularly in distant communities like Bugongi. Dad and mom belief witch medical doctors greater than an actual physician. Moreover, if the household lacks entry to a medical facility, witch medical doctors grow to be their solely choice.
There’s a grip, this religious warfare they use their affect and intimidation to manage folks, Passons says, referring to the witch medical doctors. It’s one thing we work together with frequently.
AMG started partnering with native believers in Bugongi a number of years in the past. They function a baby and youth growth heart that serves 300 youngsters in want, together with a small medical clinic and dispensary. This rural neighborhood of 12,000 folks lives in a 14 sq. mile space.
Dad and mom distrust of outsiders and witch medical doctors widespread management end in lethal penalties. Up to now, AMG workers observed youngsters requiring fast medical consideration. Have been begging the mother and father to permit us to take them to medical services, and [the parents say], No, have been going to belief the witch physician, Passons recollects.
At the very least a few these youngsters have handed away whereas being handled by the witch physician.
From the darkness offered by this downside emerged one among AMGs most influential packages the Bugongi School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Nursing college supplies new choices
AMG’s Bugongi School of Nursing and Midwifery started in late 2017 with 14 college students. Enrollment grew to 57 college students final 12 months, and 60 new nursing college students joined this system earlier this month. One large reward all of our first-year college students handed their (nationwide) exams on the finish of the primary 12 months, Passons shares. The entire second-year college students handed as nicely.
AMG desires to broaden this program to incorporate a brand new constructing within the coming months, and cell clinics within the subsequent few years. An identical grant will assist them achieve vital floor by doubling each reward made between now and the tip of September.
We really feel like God has referred to as us to begin the following section of this enlargement in November so we’re praying that God would have the ability to elevate [the needed] funds with this matching grant within the subsequent within the subsequent month or so, Passons says.
The nursing faculty wants a brand new constructing to accommodate the extra college students, offering area for school rooms, ability labs, library enlargement, and a pc room. The full price of this mission is $150,000.
Most significantly, encompass this mission in prayer. We’re assembly tangible wants with healthcare, however we’re additionally sharing the Gospel, Passons states.
A nurse that is aware of Christ as [their] private Savior has a compassion and care for those that can’t be duplicated.
Header picture courtesy of AMG Worldwide.