Published by Joel Witwer


Partnering with Michigan State University to Educate on Hip Dysplasia

by on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 8:04 am

There’s an old school hit song out there comically titled “Video Killed the Radio Star” (The Buggles, 1979), and it’s a reminiscent take on the changing ways people consumed information at the time. While it’s a tad tongue-in-cheek, it hits the nail on the head about how videos engage consumers at a higher level than […]

Standing Strong and Stepping Up at CURE Ethiopia

by on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 8:20 am

Remember when you were a kid, and you’d ask your parents which one of you was their favorite? If you were in my family the response was always, “You’re all our favorites,” which was fundamentally frustrating to settling the argument between me and my sisters. Now, I have this sneaking suspicion that my parents may […]

A Mother’s Love

by on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

Would you leave everything you’ve ever known, on the word of a stranger, to find healing for your child? Would you go to the edge of your known world, and then step further? This is exactly what many South Sudanese mothers step up to when they bring their babies, suffering from hydrocephalus, to CURE Uganda. […]

Nurses On the Front Lines

by on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8:26 am

“Anytime, like a soldier, we are ready to go.” – Sara Kahsay, CURE Ethiopia Head Nurse The COVID-19 virus is affecting people around the world, and it most recently has reached Sub-Saharan Africa. All countries where CURE hospitals are located have confirmed cases. It’s become a worldwide pandemic, and on the frontlines are nurses. It […]

The Importance of Prayer: A Servant Girl’s Faith

by on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:04 am

There’s this story we like to tell here at CURE Niger. It’s the story of Naaman being healed of leprosy in 2 Kings 5. The short version is Naaman has leprosy. A servant girl says “Hey Naaman, you should go see Elisha.” So, Namaan goes to Elisha. Namaan takes a bath, then boom! No leprosy. […]

Loving the Outcasts

by on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:45 am

Jesus had this crazy thing where he loved everyone. He particularly had a thing for those who everyone else didn’t really care about. He hung out with swindlers, adulterers, criminals, and children. That last one sticks out a little bit, but in Biblical times, children had a much different role in society than they do […]

Third Time’s a Charm – Farida’s Story

by on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:06 am

Farida is a little bundle of energy who has been buzzing around CURE Niger for about three years now. Though you can’t see it anymore, Farida was born with a cleft lip. While this condition is a shock for most mothers, Farida’s mother, Roukaya, was prepared. Like Farida, Roukaya was born with a cleft lip […]

Disability Training in Niger

by on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:10 am

Niger is a country that largely survives off of subsistence farming where each family grows just enough food to eat each year with very little leftover. As such, a person’s worth in society is directly linked to their ability to put in a hard day’s work in the fields. For the kids we treat here […]

Paul and Maureen Sloan at CURE Niger

A dynamic duo

by on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Paul and Maureen Sloan “get” CURE. They embody our mission, they love our kids, and they’ve devoted significant portions of their lives in service to the “least of these.” The Sloans first came into the CURE orbit in the late 1990s when Paul’s colleague, Dr. Ben Warf, left his position at the University of Kentucky […]

The journey to accessibility excellence

by on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Here at CURE Niger, as with all CURE hospitals throughout the network, we’re striving to serve the children of our country who are needlessly suffering from treatable disabilities—like clubfoot, bowlegs, neglected broken bones, and burn contractures, to name just a few.  With our intense focus on treating children, getting them walking for the first time […]

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