In June of 2003, Dr. Paul Musherure was invited by a fellow Dentist, Dr. John Sexton of Arvada Colorado, to a mission trip to Romania. The team spent one week working at an Orphanage treating many children who would otherwise not have access to decent Dental treatment. Seeing the difference their visit made in the lives of the Orphans, Dr. Musherure was convinced that the children of Uganda would benefit from a similar program, especially some of the orphans receiving treatment for HIV+/AIDS. He had earlier made a deal with Dr. Sexton that if he joined in the trip to Romania, he too will accompany Dr. Musherure on a similar trip to Uganda.
A collaborative approach
The Ugandan Dental Missions project is a true partnership between the medical team from the United States and local medical professionals in Uganda. By the time the team from the United States arrives, the Ugandan team has already laid the ground work of publicity, setting up equipment, and any necessary advance preparation so that once the group from the United States arrives they can hit the ground at full speed. This collaborative approach makes for greater efficiency during their usual 10 days of direct patient care. At the conclusion of the ten days, the America team returns home while the Ugandan team continues with patient follow-up.
Over the years, more than 3,000 children have been treated at this free clinic. This project is partially funded by the volunteers each of whom has to raise funds for their travel and maintenance cost. In addition, several generous benefactors from Michigan have underwritten the expense of their effort. More recently several others have joined in as sponsors, including Dr. Musherure's Home Church, Crossroads Church in Cottage Grove Minnesota.