With nearly 500,000 people living in the Rakai, Uganda, there is only one hospital for all the emergency medical care, and only one outdated and unequipped ambulance. Not anymore!
Operation International Kids train social workers in Kenya on dealing with victims of gender violence
Operation International Kids, OIK, has been conducting a pioneer program in Kenya. The program is aiming at teaching the social workers in Kiera and Mathare, Kenya, on proper methods of dealing with young girls who are victims of sexual assault (we use the term “Gender Violence” instead of sexual assault.) For the past year, they have been installing smartboards in both Kibera and Mathare, Kenya, and in NJ where the team is located, and two of our adolescent psychiatrists have been working with the local social workers there to train them on handling such cases.
Recently, OIK partnered with Shining Hope for Communities organization, SHOFCO, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shining_Hope_for_Communities to expand their reach and to create teaching tools that Shining Hope for Communities can use to train their workers in dealing with similar victims.
A small group of OIK including personals listed below traveled recently to Kenya to work directly with and train more social workers and members of SHOFCO.
List of team members traveling
Colleen Brennan, RN, President OIK
Dr. Peter Walsh
Dr. Christopher Walsh
The population of the Mathare Slum, where @operationinternationalkids is currently on a mission, is about 350k people living in shanties made of old tin and mud. The Mathare Health Clinic sees roughly 250 - 300 patients per day... from maternal health care to pediatric and adult. You can help us ensure our mission reaches all those who need our help by donating.
Pictured here is the first group counseling session in Mathare, a collection of slums in Nairobi, Kenya with OIK. Thirty counselors gather for interactive therapy training with Dr. Peter Walsh on how to deal with the issue of gender violence with young women.
Nancy Winters from OIK films Kenyan actresses acting out different scenarios involving conversations about abuse. Viewing these films helps the counselors imagine different issues that may come up while working with a wide range of individuals. Twenty (20) different scenes will be filmed, including training sessions, and mock scenarios.
Dr. Peter Walsh is demonstrating therapeutic techniques in this group counseling session in Mathare, a collection of slums in Nairobi, Kenya with OIK. Thirty counselors gather for interactive therapy training on how to deal with the issue of gender violence with young women.
Pictured here is Day 4 of the group therapy training session in Kibera, Kenya with OIK. In this counseling session, the group is role-playing through therapeutic techniques on how to deal with the issue of gender violence with young women.
May 11, 2018: Team LA Heads to Ecuador!
Moments from Ecuador: Tom, Raquel, and Sergio assist local surgeon Dr. Torres with a tonsillectomy; Jan reassures her cholecystectomy patient after surgery; Eugina gets ready to discharge a grateful tonsillectomy patient; and Christian comforts a young burn victim in the recovery room!
Team LA's Jan, Mike, and Touraj and their grateful patient in Ecuador!
4/5/18: We're Off!
Operation International Team NY is off to Rakai, Uganda for our 22nd mission!
Team NY has touched down in Rakai, Uganda! We recently shipped 2 containers with approximately $600,000 worth of equipment and supplies to provide the hospital with:
1. 3 modern and fully functioning operating rooms including operating room tables, lights, electrocautery machines, suction machines, anesthesia machines, patients monitors, etc
2. 5-bed modern recovery room including stretchers, patients monitors, suction machines, etc
3. 3-bed ICU, with 2 ventilators, patient monitors and other items
4. 2 EKG machines
5. 2 newborn warmers
6. 6 patient Transportation stretchers
7. 10 wheelchairs
8. Hundreds of blankets, bedsheets, pillowcases, patients gowns
9. Enough disposable medical supplies for approximately 500 operations
10. Hundreds of pieces of clothes and shoes, educational material, coloring material, hygiene items, etc. for orphans and poor families
4/5/18: Greeted by the Queen!
Saturday, Operation International Team NY was greeted at the airport by Uganda Minster of Public Services, and later was received by the Queen who gave flowers to team members in appreciation of their work.
4/9/18: Rough conditions
We are working under some of the most difficult circumstances to treat poor and sick patients who otherwise will go untreated.
4/11/18: Surgeries underway
For the past three days, Team NY worked 16 hours every day to change many lives. Procedures included removing a big tumor from the neck of this beautiful 8 year old girl and many more. Stay tuned!
Today in Uganda: patients had to be examined on the grass due to lack of space. Patients are lining up for treatments, and we are doing out best to make sure everyone is taken care of.
A fundraising event to help support Operation International Team New York's upcoming mission to Rakai Uganda. The mission will include treating poor adults and children patients with complex surgical pathology. The team will also provide supplies to orphans in two different locations. The fundraiser will include light fare, drinks, and a silent auction
2/17/18: We're Off!
2/18/18: First day
Today was our first day in surgery and we saw 64 patients. In the morning, we mostly saw children from a nearby school that has kids who are either orphans or whose parent/s are in jail. We performed cleanings, bonding restorations, extractions and root canals.
Our patients who underwent treatment were very happy that we were performing multifaceted dentistry, and that we are planning on bringing the rest of their families in for treatment as well!
2/21/18: Happy customers
Today we saw 88 patients -- a mixture of both adults and children!
The burden of disease and pediatric burns in Techiman, Ghana is so vast that Operation Kids has committed to a 5 year partnership with the Holy Family Hospital -- the team will return at the same time every year for the next five years. The team is also teaching and educating local doctors and nurses how to perform these life-changing surgeries in order to foster sustainability.
This year, Operation Kids completely outfitted an Operation Room with all new equipment, and had over 213 patients. Operation Kids now has a waiting list of 35 patients for next year.
Donate now: www.operationinternational.org/operation-kids-donate/
1/14/18: First Day of Triage
The first day of triage was overwhelming, we had so many severe plastics and orthopedic cases that for the first time in the history of the Operation Kids missions, we’ve added an extra day of surgery to try to meet the patients needs.
Stay tuned for more updates!
This is Operation Kids 2nd time here and this time around we were met with double the amount of people seeking help— word must have gotten out about our success the previous mission!
2/1/18: Trip Updates
Above: Dr. Stephanie Cohen coming up with a plan to correct this child's birth defect of 6 fingers from Operation Kids' recent mission to Ghana!
Above: Pictured here is a 6 year old girl named Balkissa. The Operation Kinds Team operated on her in 2016 in Ghana -- she had a very bad burn contracture on her leg/knee, leaving her unable to straighten her leg, walk, or go to school. Without treatment, this contracture could have gone terribly wrong...
Operation Kids just returned from Ghana, and team members were happy to see that Balkissa's leg is completely healed now after their surgery! She can straighten her leg, run, jump out of bed, and walk to school! Her mom (pictured) could not be more grateful!
Above: Dr. Brian Shaw of Operation International teaching Dr. Kusi Kwasi of Ghana, an orthopedic surgical procedure repair of a club foot.
Above: Cindy Steele, Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist teaching the local Ghanian doctors and nurses about sickle cell disease prevention and treatment. On this mission, we performed 72 surgeries and tested 450 mothers and babies for Sickle Cell. We are also working on validating the effectiveness of a new Sickle Cell Testing Strip, stay tuned for the published results!
Above: Ghana Team with our Operation Kids Team - everyone is included because we are all a team together!
Above: Recovery room nurse Vanessa teaching parents and patients how to play Uno. Numbers and games are universal languages that bring us all together!
FRIDAY, JAN 26, 2018: TEAM MICHIGAN HAS REACHED THE TOP!
Team Michigan has reached the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro -- 19,341 -- for their annual fundraiser! Thank you for all your support!
TEAM MICHIGAN TO HOST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
MT KILIMANJARO CHARITY CLIMB
Jan 2018 19,341 ft
One step at a time...
Help our hands touch their lives...
Please show your support as Dr. Mehul Mehta and Dr. Praveen Prasad and Operation International Team Michigan members take one step at a time to the ‘Roof Of Africa’ to raise money for our next mission.
Please share your tax-deductible gift by visiting: www.crowdrise.com/isms-team-michigan-mt-kilimanjaro
Important note: all costs for climbing the mountain are covered by the participating team members. Donations are dedicated exclusively to the surgical mission trip. Tax ID #45-0523129
Medical missions are like climbing a mountain:
The journey is hard and challenging
It takes one step at a time
There are many obstacles and challenges along the way
You need to dig deep inside and always keep the goal in sight
It cannot be done without great support and encouragement from other
It’s a team effort!
Reaching and finally completing the goal is life changing
After a very successful mission to Ghana in January 2017, we will be heading back to Techiman, Ghana in 2018. We hope that you will support us as we make plans to reach out to this remote and underserved area of the world. Want to know more? See scenes from Dr. Mehta’s 2017 mission to the Philippines with the Operation International New York Team at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnEtT_s4lmE&t=
Give your tax-deductible support today at www.crowdrise.com/isms-team-michigan-mt-kilimanjaro
Operation Restore Vision has arrived safely in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they will be attending the inauguration of the eye hospital, and then trekking up the mountains with Buddhist monks in a unique mission to restore vision for people up in the Himalaya. Follow along on our social media with updates for the duration of their mission!
Project GypSEAS (Security, Empowerment, and Sustainability) aims to help the Sama Dilaut Community in Rainbow Community, Seaside, Matina Aplaya, Davao City. Project GypSEAS is a transformative community development project that aims to develop a secured, empowered, and sustained Sama Dilaut Community.
Dear Friends of Operation Kids,
At this time of year we always look forward to having the opportunity to update you on our work when we gather for our annual fundraiser at the horse farm, but this year we have decided to postpone our event until Spring, 2018. So thanks for taking the time to read this update on our work and what led to our decision to postpone our annual gathering: