Published by Joel Witwer


The need for children’s medical care in Niger

by on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 2:19 pm

Niger is, unfortunately, a regularly overlooked country hidden on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It’s often mistaken for its bigger neighbor to the south, Nigeria, but pay attention, and you might be surprised by this gem. For centuries, Nigeriens have been carving out lives for themselves in one of the harshest environments on […]

Conditions we treat: Burn contractures

by on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:40 am

This blog is part of an ongoing series looking to explain the common conditions CURE treats in ways that all of us non-medical folk can understand.  In all of the countries where CURE works, fires aren’t just for camping or hanging out on the back porch with some friends – they’re a daily tool people […]

Conditions we treat: Spina Bifida

by on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:15 am

This blog is part of an ongoing series looking to explain the common conditions CURE treats in ways that all of us non-medical folk can understand.   Spina Bifida is the second most treated condition at CURE Uganda. It’s a scary condition, but thankfully, it is very treatable. There are a few different kinds of […]

The urgent need in Uganda for children’s medical care

by on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:55 am

This blog is part of an ongoing series to explain the need for specialized medical care in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. The CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda operates out of Mbale, Uganda in Africa to provide medical care to vulnerable children that would otherwise not have access or be able to afford treatment. […]

Giving Glory to God through research at CURE Ethiopia

by on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:48 am

There’s an old Christian saying attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam.” It means “For the greater glory of God,” but it stands for the idea that every single thing we do, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, matters as it can be done in order to give glory to God. […]

Traveling from Zimbabwe to Zambia to be healed: Christian finds a way!

by on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:05 pm

Christian is a strong, intelligent, young Zimbabwean man who just so happened to be born with a condition called clubfoot. With this condition, his feet essentially curve in on themselves. His condition was immediately obvious and his mother Iris, not one to sit idly by, jumped into action. Christian’s first few months were a flurry […]

Conditions we treat: Hydrocephalus

by on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:58 am

This blog is part of an ongoing series looking to explain the common conditions CURE treats in ways that all of us non-medical folk can understand. Hydrocephalus is the main condition treated at CURE Uganda, but before we jump into what it is exactly, we need to rewind a little bit. We’ve all got this […]

Hospital ward and place of worship: New CURE Uganda chapel

by on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

CURE Uganda has recently completed construction on their new 200 person chapel. There was a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony in December 2019 back when COVID-19 was still just a phrase whispered in the news. Despite the global pandemic and the worldwide disruption of services, CURE Uganda and Gabikan Engineering, the contractor for the project, adjusted […]

Dr. Rick Gardner recognized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health for pediatric orthopedic treatments

by on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:37 pm

CURE Ethiopia Medical Director Dr. Rick Gardner recently received recognition from the Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse for his contributions to the growth of orthopedic treatment in Ethiopia. Dr. Rick has served in CURE Ethiopia since 2013, first as an orthopedic surgeon and soon adding the role of Medical Director to his duties. In […]

Drawn to serve in Ethiopia: Laurence Wicks, orthopedic surgeon

by on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 9:41 am

Laurence Wicks is the newest CURE Ethiopia orthopedic surgeon. He has traveled the world working in the UK, South Africa, and Ethiopia although it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, it wasn’t until medical school that Laurence first set foot on a plane, but it’s been a whirlwind since then. Born and raised in […]

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