A big question swirling around this week is, how is Health Together going. Well, the simple answer seems to be that it is going very well. Brooke Adams, Hannah Nachef and Kara Ing (she’s led worship here a couple of times and is a good college friend of Hannah’s) are in Bombo this morning. The nurse of the group, Laura Tice, leaves Monday to oversee the actual training portion of the trip. But here’s a taste of what God is doing in Bombo just this week. I’m editing from Brooke’s Thursday blog post.
Today was day one in Bombo. We arrived at Bombo Pentecostal Church and quickly began Health Together activities. Our first meeting of the day was with Life Medical Staff. Dr. Henry came from medical school to meet with the Health Together team comprised of our American group as well as Life Medical Clinic’s staff. The Life Medical Centre (LMC) staff has done a lot of work to prepare for this project. They are rallying volunteers, getting local official approval, and providing critical insight into how to most effectively increase LMC outreach and health education efforts.
Dr. Henry and Dr. Alex provided extensive insight in to the functions of Life Medical throughout the year. This was a highly beneficial conversation as we spoke face-to-face to refine the plan to achieve the goals of Health Together. The Life Medical team cares deeply for Bombo and is working hard to promote sustained health of their community. After finalizing a plan for the coming weeks, we met with Alex and Millie to discuss the outcomes of the conversation with the clinic, determine next steps for the health education at Donela schools and implementation of the feminine hygiene training at the Life Homes.
It was a day for honest and deep conversation.
Between meetings we were standing outside in the shade while it was lunch time for the school. Many children came up to greet me with the standard, “Good afternoon” and a hug. Different church staff and members greeted us with joy. Millie introduced me to a teacher at Donela and said, “Do you know Brooke?” And she replied, “Yes, I know Brooke, she is an African!” It always feels like coming home when I come to Bombo. Often throughout the day people thanked me for returning, saying it means so much when I come back again.
My reply is always, this is family. Therefore, I believe in this project, because those involved in Bombo are family. I have served alongside them for the past three years at the clinic and continue to serve alongside them in this project. They are the ones telling us of the needs, the factors contributing to poor health, and expressing hope things will continue to improve. Someone asked me why this, why a month of exhausting unpaid work and my response was simple: I have seen and heard from my friends in Uganda the disparities in healthcare and so I must do something.
“It will succeed,” says Henry. I pray it does.
As do we all, Brooke. As do we all.