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Uganda’s Second National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR Day)

By, Lynda Kristowaty, A Peace Corps Volunteer leading MKMC’s Public Health Program

Most Americans are familiar with silent sustained reading or Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) programs from elementary school, although some of us may recall it more fondly than others. While literacy promotion is a staple of the U.S. education system, it is a relatively recent initiative in Uganda. According to the World Bank (2010), the national adult literacy rate is 72.1%. While this may seem like a solid literacy rate, it is important to note that there are many children and adults who do not have access to education because they cannot afford school fees, or they have to work to support their family, or they have to care for an ailing parent. This burden falls predominantly on young girls who are more likely to leave school without finishing primary school.

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and its effect on the population of Uganda, the government set aside March 5th as its second Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day. On this day, Peace Corps and the Ministry of Education implement literacy activities across the country including read alouds, writing workshops, and designated school-wide silent reading time. While this day is traditionally carried out by Peace Corps education volunteers at their respective schools, Jimmy and I decided to participate using our recently created youth group. For the past few weeks, Jimmy and I have been vetting students from King’s College High School, Masindi-Kitara Christian High School, Excel Boarding School, and Masindi Secondary School. To qualify for MKMC’s youth group, these students needed to meet three criteria: aspire to become a health professional, interest in community service activities, and desire to develop leadership skills.

National DEAR Day presented an excellent opportunity to gather our neophyte group and develop a community activity. In preparation, the youth group learned about the importance of literacy and how it can lead to improved health, socioeconomic status, and self esteem. They also learned how to create children’s stories. Over the course of two days, the youth group was able to write a story about HIV and stigma as well as a story explaining how to prevent malaria. On National DEAR Day, our youth group traveled to Kabalega Primary School, Kihande Muslim Primary School, and Canaan Junior School to share their storybooks, provide additional information about health issues raised in their stories, as well as explain the importance of literacy in one’s daily life and for achieving one’s future goals. Due to all of their hard work, our youth were able to win books from Peace Corps not just for their youth group but for each of the three primary schools they read to! It is evident through these students’ dedication and infectious enthusiasm that they are well on their way to shaping the future of Uganda.

Photos from DEAR Day: 

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Students creating a story about malaria prevention.

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Students creating a story about HIV and the stigma attached to it. 

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Teaching at Kabalega Primary School.

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Teaching at Kihande Muslim Primary School.

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Teaching at Canaan Junior School.

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It’s official; PMI’s newest sustainable medical clinic just opened up in Sébaco, Nicaragua!

By, TJ McCloud, PMI’s Central America Director

After a year of planning and praying, and six months of renovations and preparations, We are proud to say the PMI sustainable medicine family has grown by one.

Introducing “Clinica Integral Sébaco”!

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Located in the agricultural crossroads town of Sébaco, about 45 minutes outside of Matagalpa, this clinic will serve a regional population of more than 100,000 in the fertile Sébaco Valley, where the nearest quality healthcare is hours away from the poorest areas.

In comparison to our coastal flagship clinic in El Viejo, Chinandega, the Sébaco region is much more of a “cowboy culture”, where you often see men in hats and boots and belt buckles (Which makes this Okie gringo feel right at home!). Our clinic is located right beside the picturesque regional transport depot and fruit market, where thousands of travelers in the region stop daily for a change of bus and a glass of Tamarind juice with Chia seeds.

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One of the coolest things about being in my position is knowing what we started with, compared to what we have now. When we first bought the Sébaco property, it was an abandoned school filled with bats and rats and cats and iguanas, but now, it literally gleams with the fulfilled promise of quality, affordable (and sustainable!) health care.

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Our facilities are great, but there’s no clinic without doctors and nurses ! Our staff in Sébaco is excellent, headed by our new Clinic Administrator, Danelia (“Dani”) Jiron. Danelia comes to us with a background in business administration, microfinance, public health and clean water projects, and has done an amazing job putting together what it turning out to be the best equipped and trained clinic staff in the Sébaco Valley region.

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In the exciting month or so before the clinic opening, our team literally worked night and day, excitedly opening and arranging boxes of purchased and donated medical equipment and supplies. Our Medical Director, Dra. Rosa, is a Cuban-trained doctor with a specialty in Pathology, which is exciting, since our lab is top-notch, and will be a huge blessing this area where people previously had to wait for days or weeks to get back simple, yet expensive, lab results. I have never seen someone more excited to open up a box and pull out a microscope than Caty, our Lab Manager! Before we were even officially cleared to see patients, our Head Nurse, Yvonne, immediately started sweeping curious passersby into the clinic and checking vitals and changing a bandage, here or there. Our night-guard, Mr. Felix, woke up early on inauguration day and volunteered to make sure our front gardens were ship-shape. It was obvious, from the first staff meeting to the opening ceremonies, that professionals were committed and invested in PMI’s vision to serve their community.

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Inauguration day finally came, and it was such a blast, seeing leaders from the community, pastors, representatives from other organizations, family, friends, PMI US staff and board members- along with our special guests from Seacoast Church- all get together to celebrate the opening of this clinic. But even more than celebrate, we also were able to dedicate the clinic in a special way to the long-time service of Ms. Cathie Burns, who has shown her deep love for Nicaragua by working for years with local churches and Young Life/Vida Joven ministries in the areas of Esteli and Jinotega, both areas just north of Sébaco. We’re excited to have her back again soon to pitch in and help out…our staff made sure she had a clinic uniform so she’d be ready at a moment’s notice!

It’s hard to describe the kind of joy that comes with opening up a project like this. The work of many hands and minds and bent knees has culminated into “something beautiful”, to borrow a line from our friends over at NeedtoBreathe. It would be tempting, after all this work, to sit back and rest for a bit, but truthfully, the work has just begun! Patients are now starting to come through our doors, trusting us with their hearts and their health, and we’re more than ready.

The Sébaco clinic finally being up and running also allows the PMI team to start planning and praying in earnest for the next location where we’ll once again see the work of many hands turn into health for the people of Nicaragua. If you have been part of the PMI family in some way, the Sébaco staff and I sincerely thank you, and we hope you’ll continue to join us as we keep building a better, more affordable, and sustainable future for health care, here in Nicaragua and around the world.

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Please Join Us in Welcoming Our Newest Team Member – Leslie Burton!

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Leslie Burton is a physical therapist, wife, mom and lover of international missions. Yesterday was Leslie’s first day as PMI’s Director of Volunteers, so we took a little afternoon break to do a photo shoot and ask her a few questions.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve always had a draw toward international missions, which started on my first international mission trip to Venezuela in 2000. In 2003, I went on a mission trip to South Africa where we toured medical facilities and saw the desperate need for quality healthcare. It was at that moment that the vision and desire came alive to specifically be involved in connecting people in the developing world to desperately needed medical resources that they lacked.

Tell us more about how that trip changed the direction of your life?

While I was in South Africa, one of the missionaries there prayed for me and said that he felt a change would soon happen in my life, within two weeks of my return home to be exact. And sure enough, God had new plans for me. Shortly before I went to South Africa, I quit my job and then, exactly two weeks after I returned home, I was offered a position on a United States Senate race completely out of the blue. It was a great opportunity, but little did I know that God had me in that place, at that time so I could meet my future husband Mike, who also joined the campaign a few months after I did. Together, we have a beautiful family. Elizabeth, my step-daughter is 14 and Liam, my son is 3. Mike works for the Navy now and is so supportive of me pursuing the calling that God has put on my life.

Prior to this position, you’ve been quite active leading PMI trips. Can you tell us more about that experience?

I had worked as a PT, in the political field and most recently had a job I loved working in sales and marketing for one of the nation’s largest home health companies. That entire time I never lost site of the dream that started in South Africa and I stayed involved in international missions by going on mission trips. I regularly stayed involved in missions, my first PMI mission trip being in 2009, and I dedicated much of my personal time to pursuing this passion. The most important thing I have learned from these trips is that the true treasures in this life are love, joy, peace and friendship. Some of the most amazing and admirable people I know are those who have suffered well through complete trust in the Lord.

Tell us about that moment you started considering the PMI Director of Volunteers job?

When I saw the job description I was excited about the opportunity to engage in the kind of work that I was passionate about. It made sense because it allowed for ease of transition without uprooting my family. The more I got to know about the role, I became keenly aware of how all my previous work experience had fully prepared me for this role.

That had to be hard, leaving the corporate world to transition to the mission field.

It is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. I am beyond excited to live out my heart and passion for international missions, but from a worldly perspective it is terrifying to let go of financial comforts and follow God’s plan. This transition has allowed me to take all of my fears directly to the Lord. I know that He provides for every sparrow and every lily, so of course He will provide for me and my family. I want to live for something greater than myself and I am blessed to do so through PMI.

Is there anything else you want to add?

Having worked in the healthcare field, I love PMI’s model because it provides quality, sustainable care to people in need. We also have this problem in the United States – trying to provide affordable, quality healthcare. I am excited to learn more about the inner workings of the PMI model and am thrilled beyond measure to be a part of the impact this model will make around the globe.

Fun fact about Leslie:

She likes to drink her coffee black and loves sparkling water. She will fit right in here at the HQ.

We are so humbled by people who believe in PMI’s mission and we are even more humbled by the amazingly talented individuals, like Leslie, who sacrifice so that they can come along side us and use their skills and talents to make PMI what it is today.

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The Roots of PMI – Interview with Patrick Byamukama

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Patrick Byamukama is PMI’s Project Administrator for MKMC in Masindi, Uganda. Patrick was one of PMI’s first hires in Uganda and has been instrumental in making the vision of MKMC a reality and a success.

When did you first hear about PMI? I first heard about PMI from the Church, when Bishop Stanley briefed the congregation about his visit and subsequent partnership with St. Andrews Church in South Carolina. Two days later Bishop Stanley called me and requested that I meet with Michael O’Neal, whom I met at Masindi Hotel. Michael interviewed me to be first administrative staff member at MKMC.

When was this? This was at the beginning of 2010.

What makes PMI unique? PMI is unique in its approach to addressing the health care problems in developing countries. Honestly, the concept of sustainability is very unique, not only in Uganda, but to many poor countries, especially sustainability in relation to affordability and quality health care services.

Why do you continue to serve with PMI? As one of the first staff member hired for MKMC, what ties me to PMI is the fact that PMI enables me to serve the least advantaged, in the most honorable way.

What is your greatest memory with PMI? My greatest memory with PMI in Masindi is about the little boy Edward whose life we saved when the clinic was first opened. This is a young boy who was burnt and pronounced dead in the government main hospital, but when the family reached home with a supposedly ‘dead’ body, they sensed that he hadn’t died actually, and a neighbor tipped them that a new clinic, MKMC, had opened with good medical workers. The family then brought Edward to MKMC. We treated this boy for eight months, free of charge, and today, Edward is a living testimony of the great works of our existence in Masindi.

MKMC started humbly, in 2010 with only nine staffs, treating an average of 260 patients in the initial months. At that time, we only had an out-patient clinic and our services were limited to treatment of simple ailments, especially malaria. We have since it grow to a level of health centre four (mini hospital) and we are currently seeing an average of 1,200 patients. This is by far the highest number any private health facility can see considering that patients pay for their services.

Thank you Patrick for all that you do and for ensuring that the people who go to MKMC receive the best possible health care. We are grateful for your commitment, drive and love for helping those in need.

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Announcing our 5th Clinic Site – Bulima, Uganda

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The front portion of the Bulima Kitara Medical Center site with Bulima town in the distance.

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Back portion of the Bulima Kitara Medical Center site, including a house, which will be renovated for our medical staff.

Having just opened our third and fourth clinic in Nicaragua, PMI is excited to announce our fifth clinic site – Bulima, Uganda (the spot in the photo above marked Masindi-Hoima Road is our new clinic site). Bulima is a small town about 45 minutes from Masindi, where our flagship facility is located. In Uganda we are taking a hub and spoke approach to projects, with one larger, full-service medical center surrounded by small outpatient facilities. Bulima will be our first endeavor in this smaller outpatient-only facility.

Residents in Bulima and the surrounding area currently have to travel a long distance to a government health center, which is often under-staffed. This week we will begin grading and substructure work. If we are able to stick to our construction plan we hope to open in early 2016.

We look forward to sharing more about the new Bulima Kitara Medical Center in the months to come.

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The Roots of PMI – Generous, Visionary, Community – An Interview with Hannah Alexander

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Hannah Alexander is the wife of Matt Alexander, PMI’s CEO and Co-Founder. Her hometown is in Charlotte, but she lives in Charleston with her beautiful family while also working as a wedding planner.

How did you first hear about PMI? My husband founded the organization! I had the honor or witnessing every tiny and wonderful step of PMI’s growth.

Approximately how long ago was that? Technically 2007- I believe that’s when the initial concept was discussed.

What makes PMI unique? I think you could say SO MUCH about how PMI really stands out as an exceptional organization- the staff are absolutely top-notch (I may be biased), the focus on sustainability and local leadership is fantastic and their commitment to quality in absolutely every branch of the organization (fundraising, quality of care, financial accountability, etc.) is outstanding. And the patients are the BEST! But from my point of view, I’d say the most unique thing is how well the staff and Board of Directors leadership are able to balance a passion for the people they are serving with the organization and steely “business” grit needed to actually execute their short and long-term goals with excellence. PMI is chock full of generous, visionary business wizards!

You’ve been a supporter for a long time, can you articulate what it is that brings you back time and time again? Like Matt always says, when we give of our time and money to PMI, it feels like an investment worth making. Personally I have seen all of the blood, sweat and tears that have been shed to ensure that PMI is using every penny in the most effective way possible. I love knowing that PMI has long-term plans as an organization, is focused on sustainability for their current projects and appreciates and is respectful of their donors and donations. And beyond just investing our money, I just stinking LOVE PMI and every single person involved. I love the staff, the board, the donors, the volunteers, the patients. Through PMI, I feel so blessed to have met so many warm, brilliant, kind and brave people who all share the same heart for service, generosity and love.

You went on PMI’s third medical mission trip to Masindi, what is your greatest memory from that experience? Oh, my goodness, what is NOT a memory from that trip? I saw Africa for the first time and fell in love with Ugandans, I made friends who are still like family, and pretty much decided that I need to go back to nursing school to have a second career after that trip. The greatest memory, though- or perhaps the greatest way it changed my life- was giving me a more tangible global perspective. With living in a pretty idyllic, easy-to-love-and-live place like Charleston and working in a job (wedding planning) that was all about materialism and excess, I had pretty much begun living in a bubble that only had room for me and my comforts. After serving with PMI and seeing the insane changes that they were making, as well as seeing all of my other trip-mates serving so selflessly… I really had no choice but to start paying attention to the world around me. I questioned my career goals, how I spent my money, and with whom I spent my time. That trip cracked open my narrow worldview and changed nearly all of my life’s goals. I credit it for helping me to clarify what I REALLY cared about and how my actions reflected those values. I’m forever grateful.

Did I miss anything? You know it’s funny to think back to PMI’s start because it can feel like a lifetime ago! And it was, because PMI has truly changed me and Matt and I’m so incredibly grateful for it.  I remember well Matt and Ed’s post-surfing conversation about an organization that could be created to serve in a more local, sustainable way. At the time, Matt was happily working at another non-profit but we both felt such a strong nudge of the Lord saying “This is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21). My brain doesn’t work like this AT ALL so I can’t even begin to relate, but Matt just had this vision in his head for what PMI could be and was able to almost immediately map out the steps he thought it would take to get them there. Early on they had established the mission statement of PMI that still exists today. I had full trust in what he and Ed set out to create. Not because it seemed easy (no no no) but because they both has this resolute belief in the goodness and necessity of this type healthcare plan and the right of all patients to receive good care.That first year Matt and Ed both worked pretty much full-time getting PMI going while also maintaining their other full-time jobs. It was amazing insanity. God just kept putting small things into place that felt too coincidental to actually be that. Things like connections to help file the paperwork in Columbia and a brother of a friend (hi, Josh Drake!) who could travel with Ed and Matt on their initial Uganda trip to document it in photographs and donors who wanted to take a chance on PMI before any trips were made. We recruited our personal friends to help and it became a community effort. The road was not always easy, but as they added to their staff and created their board, their focus on their core values for the organization were never compromised and that allowed them to keep the quality along with their quick growth. Gosh, am I gushing enough yet? I love PMI!

Thank you Hannah for your passion and love for PMI and for all that you have done to support, encourage and see the organization grow into what it is today. PMI would absolutely not be where it is today without you.

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Expanding Our Partnerships

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Two amazing health care professionals – MKMC’s Dr. Godson & Wilkes University’s Prof. KarenBeth Bohan.

By, Aaron Stroud-Romero, PMI’s East Africa Director

If you are reading this blog post you are probably familiar with the volunteers who serve the Masindi region each quarter as part of our medical mission teams. But you may not be aware of the equally amazing volunteers and students who work with our local medical clinics in an amazing learning exchange.

A couple of months ago KarenBeth Bohan, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Wilkes University, returned to Uganda with 5 of her students for an experiential learning trip. They spent most of their time at the largest government hospital in Uganda, Mulago, where KarenBeth is working with instructors from Makerere University to improve training for pharmacy students (KarenBeth wrote extensively during her time in Uganda on her blog). We were blessed to have KarenBeth and her students take some time to work at MKMC, both learning about the challenges and struggles we face in bringing quality care to the people of Masindi, as well as to give us some wonderful insights on improvements we can make to our pharmacy department.

KarenBeth has been engaged in developing the Makerere pharmacy program for several years, and for the second time two Ugandan pharmacists who teach within the program were able to travel to Pennsylvania and work with KarenBeth to understand more about the Advanced Pharmaceutical Care Experimental Training Program. As KarenBeth further develops this program, we hope to participate by bringing Ugandan pharmacy students to Masindi to observe/train. Unfortunately with so few pharmacists in Uganda they are rarely found outside of Kampala. We are also exploring possibilities to partner with Wilkes University and provide an experiential pharmacy rotation for students.

We are thankful for the ways that KarenBeth has worked with us previously and look forward to developing opportunities to improve the pharmacy services at MKMC and with the Ugandan students in the Makerere program all while sharing our knowledge with students at Wilkes University.

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You Gain Your Life When You Give it Away

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Today’s guest blog is by Amanda O’Neal, who spent over two and a half years in Masindi, Uganda with her husband, Michael O’Neal. Amanda’s gracious heart and love for others is evident in her reflections on their time in Masindi.

By, Amanda O’Neal

Masindi, Uganda holds a very dear and precious place in my heart. I had the great honor of living there for two and a half years and I have been forever changed. In January of 2009, Michael and I packed up our lives, said goodbye to friends and family, got on a plane, and entered into a sacred wilderness.

When Matt Alexander and Dr. Ed O’Bryan created the brilliant idea of Palmetto Medical Initiative, they approached Michael to see if he would go to build the first medical center in Uganda. One interesting thing is that we were both Spanish majors with a heart for missions so naturally, we ended up in Africa. Doesn’t God have a funny sense of humor? So after careful consideration, prayer and counsel, we knew that it was something we were created to go and do.

Launching out into the unknown, we had no idea how this project would turn out. All we knew to be true was that this vision was innovative and was something worth taking a risk for. We stepped out in faith and found ourselves embraced by God’s provision. Stripped of friends, family and first world conveniences, I began to feel my outward identity of independence, efficiency and productivity fall away. I began to discover that living in deep connection to God and interdependence with the people around me was the more life-giving way. Masindi became a new home for us and the people became our new family. I learned how to hold space for the feeling of so much despair and yet so much hope. The transforming, redemptive work of God was at hand. Ashes became beauty. What started out as a field of sweet potatoes was transformed into a beautiful, life-giving medical center.

Palmetto Medical is a unique and beautiful model. What I love most about PMI is that the short-term medical mission teams serve as the building blocks for the greater goal of creating a self-sustaining medical facility. This is happening in Uganda and Nicaragua with great success. MKMC is self-sustaining. The vision is all about creating ownership and empowerment and that is something I will always stand for. I am so grateful that we got to be a part of building that vision into a reality. We poured our energy and our hearts into that vision. Some days that energy looked like sweat and tears and then other days it was laughter and love.

Despite many challenges and hardships, it was the most life-enriching journey for Michael and me. We went with the intention of helping the people of Masindi and yet they helped us so much. They taught us a new way of looking at life. They taught us that true joy can blossom in the soil of suffering. They taught us that we are brother and sisters, not “us” versus “others.” We learned in the most practical way that you gain your life when you give it away.

Thank you for taking the risk to move away from your friends and family, Amanda! Your spirit towards life and can-do attitude is inspiring and helped to shape PMI into what it is today.

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Building a Solid Foundation

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We have had an exciting week at PMI with the opening of our third clinic site in Sebaco, Nicaragua. PMI’s Michael O’Neal takes a look back at the start of our very first clinic in Masindi and reflects on God’s provision and guidance to have it all come together.

By, Michael O’Neal, PMI’s Director of International Projects

As I reflect back on our first few months in Masindi, I can’t even begin to tell the story without first acknowledging a few people that Amanda and I started our journey with. We were warmly welcomed, by the only people we knew in Masindi at that time, Bishop Stanley, Janine LaGrand, and the church family of the Masindi Kitara Diocese. From the beginning of our partnership with the diocese of Masindi, Bishop Stanley had a vision of working together to provide healthcare to the people of the region. Over the course of our time in Uganda, we developed a great relationship with Bishop Stanley, Janine, and the members of the diocese. Bishop Stanley was instrumental in opening the doors to meet other partners and key leaders throughout the region.

I want to highlight and honor some of the other very important people that were instrumental in this project. One person whom I spent a lot of my time early on with was our contractor, Simon Mukati. Simon and I spent many days developing plans, budgets, and timelines around the development of PMI’s first facility. Simon’s willingness to work with me and to teach me the best building practices in the region was one of the richest blessings. Ultimately, we were able to literally lay a solid foundation for the clinic and we were able to do so through sourcing all of the materials and labor locally. I am grateful for his friendship and technical capacity as an engineer.

Joseph Aliguma was our first full time hire. Joseph had previous experience managing a healthcare center in Hoima, Uganda. Joseph and I spent countless hours working to develop, refine, and ultimately implement a business model that would allow MKMC to cover our operating costs, while remaining affordable to the least advantaged population of the region. Joseph helped shaped my understanding of the Ugandan culture and set a standard for leadership that was top notch.

When Amanda and I moved to Masindi in February 2010, we knew little other than we had been called to this place, at this time, for this reason. PMI had sent a few short-term teams to Uganda and now it was time to start building the permanent piece of the model. We had visited Masindi a few months before and knew only 2 or 3 people in the area. However, in terms of organizational infrastructure and professional networks, we were starting from ground zero. Over the first few months we worked tirelessly to connect with the right people, government institutions, and other non-profits to make the vision of sustainable, quality healthcare in Masindi a reality. What we found was that the people of Uganda are incredible! Over the first few months on the ground we developed deep relationships with passionate, faithful, brilliant people. Not only would these people shape the future success of MKMC and PMI, but also they would have a profound impact on our personal lives and how we view the world.

As we took on the task of developing organizational infrastructure in the country, we began to realize that the bureaucratic process was far from efficient. However, through diligent work and God’s provision, we were able to establish PMI as an official NGO (non profit) in Uganda within three months. This allowed us to finalize the land acquisition, partnerships, and to start doing business in the country officially.

Through our partnership with Mukati Construction Ltd. we walked through many grueling hot days in the Ugandan sun and the outpatient facility was completed and ready to open to the public within six months of starting construction.

The development of a business model that focused on sustainable, affordable healthcare was new to Uganda. As Marianne Carpenter continued to bring short-term teams to the region, Matt Alexander and I worked with Joseph Aliguma to refine our model and ensure that it was culturally relevant. As Joseph and I met with a variety of stakeholders’ day in and day out, one thing was clear, the people of Uganda placed high value on their health and the health of their families. The possibility of having access to quality and affordable healthcare was more than exciting to them!

In December 2010 we had a NGO license, a facility, a great staff, and a plan. Although we had made great strides over the past few months, this was still a scary time for us. We knew without a doubt that the Lord had a plan for this community and we were convinced that MKMC was a part of that plan. However, the moment that you put the plan on display and test the model is frightening. I remember thinking, will this really work? Will people really trust our staff to provide healthcare? Will they truly be willing to share in the costs of their care? As the US Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier, opened the clinic in December 2011, I was filled with pride in our staff, the community of Masindi, and the PMI family. The fear of our model not being successful still lingered in the back of my mind. However, that fear subsided when I witnessed the care of one of the first patients to use our facility, little Eddie. Many of you have heard his story. This little boy became the face of our vision. His story became the story of success and I knew the Lord was going to allow us to continue in His plan to serve the people of Uganda!

Thank you Michael for your servant’s heart and for you and Amanda taking the risk to move to Masindi and help build MKMC from the ground up. PMI would not be the same without you and your leadership.

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Our Third Clinic is Now Open in Sébaco, Nicaragua!

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Today, PMI along with our partner Seacoast Church, officially opened our newest clinic site in Sébaco, Nicaragua. We are so blessed by the people who continue to give and give and make sustainable health care a reality throughout East Africa and Central America. We will share more updates with you on this important project later this week, but in the meantime we wanted to invite to you get to know a little more about Sébaco.

Did you know:

  • Agriculture is huge in the Sébaco region, with Sébaco Valley being one of the most fertile regions in all of Nicaragua.
  • Sébaco is strategically located on the Pan-American Highway and is a local transportation hub.
  • Sébaco is just over 100 kilometers from the capital city of Managua.
  • Sébaco is situated at a higher elevation and the temperatures are cooler when compared to our clinic located in El Viejo.
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