Uganda Neonatal Resuscitation Teaching Team (140829UGFP)
Since 2009, MTI has been working (in partnership with United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration) as the main implementer of health services in Nakivale and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements, which host over 80,000 refugees from Congo and other neighboring countries.
Theresa Wood, RN, is a veteran volunteer with Medical Teams International (MTI) and has served on four teams with MTI’s programs to these refugee settlements in SW Uganda. Her last two trips (in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014) have focused on providing important training to Uganda clinical officers and mid-wives on the topic of neonatal resuscitation, as babies born with asphyxia (birth without oxygen to the baby) in the refugee settlement have a high mortality rate or, if they survive, have a shortened/reduced quality of life due to gaps in services available for anoxic babies. Theresa’s training to over 50 Ugandan clinical staff brought outcomes beyond all expectations! Many lives were saved while she served in country. The impact of this effort continues, as the supplies she donated and training of staff continue to save the lives of newborns.
MTI is now responding to a new refugee crisis in the West Nile area (North Uganda), as the recent conflict in South Sudan has sent over 100,000 South Sudanese refugees searching for safety in Uganda. MTI provides health care in six static clinics and through mobile health outreaches, and the need for neonatal resuscitation training there is evident and urgent.
Theresa Wood (RN) and Cody Wood (respiratory therapist) will to return to Uganda in the fall of 2014, to conduct neonatal resuscitation training for the clinical staff of the six clinics that provide health services for the South Sudanese refugees and set-up life-saving, donated equipment.
Greatest benefit this specific team will bring:
Training and equipment to save the lives of babies born with asphyxia.
Challenges you expect they may encounter:
Long hours driving to clinics, hot climate, refugee/post-conflict setting.
Logistical challenges that may include electricity not working.
Theresa and Cody will work with Medical Teams Uganda staff.
Theresa Wood and Cody Wood