After a day of traveling to reach Masindi, the physicians quickly got to work. They arrived at the medical center by 7:30 a.m. for daily devotion, then worked alongside local physicians throughout the day. Every few days, they would travel to nearby villages to see patients in outreach clinics, offering care at no cost. In just four hours at the clinic one day, the physicians treated 50 patients.
“It was really great to be part of that outreach,” Dr. Afflick said.
Malaria, HIV and gastrointestinal conditions were common in the outreach clinics.
“We had to shift our differential diagnosis to the tropical diseases like malaria, typhoid,” Dr. Gagan said. “That is what we became most familiar with while we were there.”