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MERCY TRIPS HEALTHCARE OUTREACH
June 2, 2010

Mercy Trips is a caring, giving, dependable nonprofit medical mission trip. My husband has participated with an annual trip for the last 3 years, and I was able to join him for the last trip. Words cannot fully describe the experience and the impact I feel was possible with this organization. With Dr. Patrick Mutono, who currently works in Uganda, as a key contact and also founder of the organization, our trips truly have a chance to reach those most at need with an already well established system. A surgical group works in the operating suites, while clinical groups head to different villages each day with a traveling pharmacy. Members of Dr. Mutono's team, including pharmacists and physicians assistants help the team to function smoothly and interact with the local villages. It has been a pleasure to serve with this team and I look forward to our next trip together!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a two week medical mission trip. Dr. Patrick Mutono, who is a practicing physician in Uganda and founder of Kanginima Hospital, often sends us feedback of patients that we interacted with during our two weeks.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a more organized pharmacy during the trips, with increased availability of antibiotics (our supplies were sometimes limited at villages) and increased supply of anti-malaria medications.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the patient interactions each day and seeing how other people live in the villages and how happy they can be with so little.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mainly medical providers of some sort (doctors, techs, nurses, PAs, NPs), but also included non-medical volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the treatment of malaria in the isolated villages, provide more local clinics for patient needs, provide more surgeries when the group arrives, increase medical supplies to the villages (like wheelchairs), increase HIV/STD treatment and education

Ways to make it better...

we had a larger supply of antibiotics and ant-malarials

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

poor access of the isolated villages to healthcare and limited supply of restricted malaria medications to the clinics.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a well organized, experienced organization that has learned from its prior trips and is always looking for ways to make each trip better and more productive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteered as a medical provider during a two week medical mission trip to several villages in Uganda.