Humanitarian

Providing Care in Senegal

Jacob Tadje is a hard working pre-medical student at the University of Utah with big dreams and a heart of gold. He hopes to become an orthopaedic surgeon like his dad, Dr. Tadje. Last, month, he was sponsored by Tadje Orthopaedics to participate in a humanitarian trip to Senegal. This trip was organized By the University of Utah’s Dr. Richard Ingebretsen, MD, PHD.

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Dr. Ingebretsen and 7 students spent 5 days in Senegal, and traveled to 4 different villages. The trip was eye-opening. The villages they visited are essentially clusters of huts throughout the savannah. The villages are mostly self-sustaining, and have around 200 people living in each. For many villagers, this was the first time they had spoken to a health professional. Jacob and his team members interviewed each villager to assess needs. They took vitals and treated what they could. They found many people who suffer from joint pain, malnutrition, dehydration, and head fungus. Malnutrition and dehydration are hard to solve long term because of the lack of protein and clean water sources. They were able to teach the people ways to better manage the joint pain, head fungus, and other more minor infirmities.

They found some villagers with more serious ailments, like TB, malaria, and skin cancer. They are planning to analyze the data they gathered and find ways to treat these more serious needs in future trips.

Jacob’s most rewarding experience was helping a 15-year-old boy with a hearing impairment. He was unable to hear anything farther than approximately 15 meters. Jacob looked at his ears and realized he has some major blockages. After Jacob spent some time irrigating and cleaning out the blockages, the boy’s hearing was completely restored and he was overjoyed.

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Going to Senegal was rewarding for Jacob and his team members. Jacob left with more gratitude for his way of life, especially access to clean water, a comfortable home, and modern healthcare.




Written By: Rebecca Howard

Humanitarian Trip to Cambodia

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In 2017, Dr. Tadje took a humanitarian trip with his son Andrew, to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They were able to provide much needed assistance to a place called CICFO (Cambodia International Children Friendship Outreach). CICFO is a home where about 30 children live in a family environment, so they can attend school. The children are accepted through an application process and are able to live in this home until they are finished with their education. An organization called CICFO-USA raises funds to support the needs of the CICFO family. The CICFO children travel occasionally to visit their birth families, but CICFO is their true home. The children live as a family, sharing meals, chores, love, and support. CICFO is an upgrade for the children who are used to living in absolute poverty. However, even at CICFO, the children sleep in unbearable heat, packed together on the ground, owning nothing but the clothes on their backs. Dr. Tadje and his son wanted to help.

They spent a week staying with the CICFO family. They worked with Kea Botevy, the head of the home, to tackle projects that would improve the children’s living conditions. Dr. Tadje and his son bought some mattresses for the kids to sleep on and installed fans to help with the intense heat and humidity. The Tadjes were able to create a safer living space by covering exposed wires. They read with the kids and played ball with them. Dr. Tadje was impressed with these amazing, impoverished children. In spite of their circumstances, they are happy and optimistic about life. They are content. They look out for one another and work together to provide a safe and peaceful space to exist and grow. Dr. Tadje was grateful for the opportunity he had to help and learn from the CICFO family.

Written by: Rebecca Howard