In the past three years, 271 surgery patients have received life-saving care from the medical mission teams. Dr. Ngobi and her crew are gearing up for their medical mission to Uganda, scheduled to come soon, depending on airfare costs. Cooperation with Rock County health care providers is the crew’s key to the mission success.

In the past, Mercy Health System has been the main contributor of supplies, staff and goodwill. The mission jinja16team is now creating relationships with Edgerton Hospital and Health Services and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.Hope Institute Uganda’s medical missions are truly a community effort. Rock County hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, medical supply companies and many other companies and individuals contributed items to a 40-foot shipping container, which takes six weeks to ship from the U.S. to Jinja, Uganda.

Everything includes items like exam tables, hospital beds, X-ray machines and anesthesia machines to bed linens, latex gloves, dressings, wheelchairs, medical books, magazines, dictionaries, clothing, Bibles, Capture1children’s books and crutches were also packed in. It cost $14,000 to ship the container to Africa, so no single item was wasted.