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28 Apr 2018 description

by Tyler Graf

Uganda is home to a silent crisis.

You won't read many headlines about the refugee mother forced to trudge down dirt paths for a week with her child clinging to her back. But everyday, tired and sick refugees pour across Uganda's borders, their lives uprooted by spurts of raging violence back home.

In this unstable environment, swift action must meet urgent needs.

02 Mar 2018 description

by Helen Manson

Right now, in this very moment, even as you read these words, there's an invisible crisis unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Refugees are leaving in droves because of violence, heading to nearby Uganda where health clinics cater to their needs.

14 Oct 2009 description

(PORTLAND, Ore., Oct 14, 2009) -The 2,000th team of medical volunteers sent by Medical Teams International takes place tomorrow, Thursday, October 15 and will travel to Uganda, where Medical Teams International has been working for the past 4 years.

Jo Hauser, an Emergency Room physician from Ottawa, ON will lead the team of three volunteers.

01 May 2009 description

On May 9, Kathy and Calla Holmgren, the wife and daughter of former NFL Coach Mike Holmgren, leave for Uganda, Africa where they will care for families who have been forced from their homes by the ongoing fighting in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo...fighting that has claimed the lives of nearly 45,000 people every month - half of those children.

13 Apr 2009 description

Brenda Maldonado, a nurse from Colorado Springs, Colorado, reports from Uganda

April 13, 2009: It has happened once again. I am in a developing country for just a certain amount of time, and things start to look normal. Things that if I were in the States would not look normal and I would be saddened and outraged by. Things like small barefoot children carrying heavy containers of water over dirt roads. Children running around half naked or in filthy rags, often with no parental supervision. Physically disabled people dragging themselves across the ground with no mechanical aids.

30 Mar 2009 description

(PORTLAND, ORE.-March 30, 2009) Tomorrow, a Portland physician, a Seattle nurse and a nurse from Colorado Springs, CO, leave for Uganda, Africa. There they will care for families who have been forced from their homes by ongoing fighting in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Dr. Steve Boyer, a physician at St. Vincent Medical Center who cared for war survivors inside DRC last November, will provide medical assistance for the sick in refugee camps across the border in Uganda beginning this week. Dr.

20 Feb 2009 description

Dr. Randy Jacobs cared for thousands of Congolese refugees; now ready to talk about experiences

(BEND, ORE.-Feb. 20, 2009) Dr. Randy Jacobs, a Medical Teams International volunteer, helped save 150-300 lives a day for a month in southwest Uganda. This emergency room doctor from Bend, Ore., cared for thousands of displaced Congolese families who fled severe violence and intense rebel fighting in their homeland.

Most have witnessed shocking atrocities and traveled dozens of miles on foot into the safety of neighboring Uganda.

Dr.

11 Feb 2009 description

(Tigard, Ore.- Feb. 11, 2009) - The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) awarded $594,000 to Medical Teams International last week so it can continue its lifesaving care of Congolese refugees inside Uganda.

Medical Teams International provided medical treatment for 27,627 refugees in December with volunteer teams and staff from Uganda.

02 Feb 2009 description

Dr. Michael Sluss volunteers with Medical Teams International; cares for refugee families seeking safety in Uganda

(WILSONVILLE, ORE.- Feb 2, 2009) A Wilsonville physician with Medical Teams International leaves tomorrow to care for families fleeing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Michael Sluss joins the third volunteer team sent to a Ugandan refugee camp where thousands of Congolese people are seeking medical care, food, clean water and shelter. Sluss, a neurologist at Oregon Neurology PC and tropical medicine expert, will be in Uganda for more than a month.

21 Jan 2009 description

Medical Teams International sends in more teams and medicine

(Juru Refugee Camp, Uganda - Jan. 21, 2009) Aid workers estimate more than 5.4 million people have died in a decade-long conflict that primarily affects the central African countries of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Uganda. Up to 45,000 people continue to die each month-most of them women and children-from easily treated diseases like malaria, upper respiratory conditions and chronic diarrhea.

05 Jan 2009 description

Dr. Randy Jacobs volunteers with Medical Teams International to care for families crossing to safety in Uganda

(BEND, ORE. - Jan. 5, 2009) This Wednesday, a Bend volunteer doctor with Medical Teams International departs to care for families fleeing the rebel fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Randall Jacobs will work in a Ugandan refugee camp where thousands of Congolese people are seeking medical care, food, clean water, and shelter. Jacobs, a physician at Bend Memorial Clinic, will serve a month-long assignment in Uganda.

24 Dec 2008 description

Portland community leader will care for families fleeing the violence in the Congo

(PORTLAND, ORE. - Dec. 24, 2008) This Friday, a local physical therapist with Medical Teams International leaves for southwestern Uganda where she'll help thousands of families fleeing the fighting in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Portland community leader and business owner Katherine McCoy first volunteered with Medical Teams International in 1989 when she traveled to Jamaica during Hurricane Hugo.

16 Dec 2008 description

Two volunteers are only medical providers for more than 26,000 people

(PORTLAND, ORE.-Dec. 16, 2008) Today, U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, appointed Medical Teams International to deliver critically needed medical care in a Ugandan refugee camp. The camp is now home to 26,000 Congolese who have fled ongoing violence in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Two volunteers with Medical Teams International-Dr. Tom Martin of Portland, Ore., and volunteer nurse Anne Blaufus of Camas, Wash.-will begin working in the camp tomorrow.

09 Dec 2008 description

Staff from northern Uganda also are deployed to help with families crossing into Uganda

(PORTLAND, ORE.-Dec. 9, 2008) This Thursday, two local medical volunteers with Medical Teams International leave for southwestern Uganda where they'll care for families fleeing the fighting in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Tom Martin, a Portland physician, and Anne Blaufus, a nurse from Camas, Wash., are employed at Portland Providence Medical Center.

21 Nov 2008 description

Medical Teams International director of emergency relief calls for urgent aid

(PORTLAND, ORE.-Nov. 21, 2008) All the signs for a looming, catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Congo are on the horizon, says Joe DiCarlo, emergency relief director for Medical Teams International.

"We could see more and more death as people lack access to health care and shelter," says DiCarlo. "The clock is ticking unless there is direct intervention to save their lives. Cholera is also a huge threat.

18 Nov 2008 description

Medical Teams International staff move behind rebel lines to reach families in need

(PORTLAND, ORE.-Nov. 18, 2008) Tomorrow, two Portland physicians with Medical Teams International leave for eastern Congo, where they'll care for families trapped without medical care in the rebel fighting.

Dr. Steve Boyer and Dr. Bob Gibson, both physicians at St.

07 Nov 2008 description

Two doctors and two nurses rush in to help families fleeing the fighting

(PORTLAND, ORE.-Nov. 7, 2008) Four medical aid workers with Medical Teams International depart next week for eastern Congo where thousands of families are on the run-fleeing armed attacks by rival armed militia.        

The two doctors and two nurses head to Goma on Wednesday where they will join Medical Teams International's director of emergency relief and staff from the agency's Uganda office.