Worldwide Healing Hands Transforming Muko, By Dr. Alex Melindwa

It’s a cold morning. The usual fog engulfs Muko Health Center IV, obscuring the spectacular view of the beautiful cultivated hills from where the sun rises. The first sun rays penetrate through the fog, shining a warmth on the patients waiting to receive care after traversing hills and valleys to reach the center. Work starts as usual.

Little did I know this was the day when the first ray of hope would shine on Muko!

A staff calls me to receive a visitor, a tall old man with a charming smile. We exchange greetings with a firm hand shake. He tells me he is Dr. Arthur Bikangaga, a retired consultant from the USA. He is quick to add that Kabale, Uganda, where Muko is located, is his home area; but he has been away for over 40 years. This is confirmed by his occasional use of Lukiga, the local language though with an American accent! (more…)

Saving Grace

   Muko Health Center IV (MHC) is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in an area that has mountainous terrain composed of many fertile, heavily cultivated hills and beautiful, spectacular valleys, which contribute to poor accessibility with an inadequate road network and poor mobile telecommunications coverage.

This makes it challenging for women like Grace, a 31-year-old mother of three children, to access health care, especially in an emergency. Just two days before our team of medical volunteers (more…)

A visit to a Traditional Birth Attendant

Tindarwesire, a traditional birth attendant in Uganda

Tindarwesire, a traditional birth attendant in Uganda

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), also known as traditional midwives or lay midwives provide care during pregnancy and childbirth without any formal education or training. They often learn their trade through apprenticeship or are self-taught.

Uganda is predominantly rural, with only 13% of the population living in urban areas. (more…)

Saving Mothers, Giving Hope

Carrying a patient to Muko Health CentreDear Friends of Worldwide Healing Hands,

This holiday season is an opportunity to thank our generous donors, loyal supporters and dedicated volunteers. It is also a time to extend a helping hand to mothers and children who lack access to basic medical care many of us take for granted.

Your generosity has helped to save the lives of women like Grace, a 31-year-old mother of three children. (more…)

Worldwide Healing Hands embarks on mission to Uganda

Uganda teamKELSEYVILLE >> Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care for women and children, is sending a team of doctors, nurses and volunteers to Uganda to train health care workers and provide services at the Muko Health Centre IV in Rubanda County, Kabale District.

“We plan to assist the staff at the Muko Health Centre, which as a level IV center in Uganda should be able to provide cesarean sections but does not,” said Dr. Paula Dhanda, medical director and president of the WHH board. “Our goal of this mission is to find the causes of this deficiency and help to correct it.” (more…)

Uganda Mission Volunteer Team 2015


We have a wonderful and dedicated team of volunteer medical professionals lined up for our first mission to Uganda. Our goal is to share our skills in this remote area of Uganda at the Muko Health Center IV, so that our work is sustainable. The team will be led by Dr. Paula R. Dhanda and Dr. Arthur Bikangaga. (more…)

Nonprofit helps with healing

Carol at Moose Lodge

Licensed Vocational Nurse Carol Stahr provides care to a Valley Fire evacuee as Dr. Paula Dhanda speaks with her during the Worldwide Healing Hands health clinic at the Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks on Sept. 19.

Clearlake Oaks >> Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) held a free health screening at the Moose Lodge on Sept. 19 where dozens of Valley Fire evacuees received care.

Two WHH homeless clinics had been canceled due to the string of fires Lake County has recently seen. The second was scheduled to take place on Sept. 19, but after the Valley Fire’s explosive eruption, nearly 30 WHH volunteers came together with only 24 hours notice, including three physician, eight nurses and four counselors to instead serve displaced residents at the Moose Lodge shelter. They were also joined by five nurses from the Ukiah Valley Medical Center and another from Sacramento.

“It was so heart warming to get people to help,” WHH founder Dr. Paula Dhanda said. “A lot of them did not know each other, but really came together as a team for common goal.” (more…)

Worldwide Healing Hands gives award

Claire VargasKELSEYVILLE >> Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) is honored to wish Claire Vargas all the best as she begins a new chapter of her life at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.

Vargas, a 2015 graduate of Kelseyville High School (KHS), is the first recipient of the John Paul Clarke Memorial Scholarship, awarded by WHH this past June. Clarke’s parents, John Clarke and Dr. Paula Dhanda, as well as his sister, Jasmin Clarke, are largely responsible for creating the (more…)

9 Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

GynecologicSeptember is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month. Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, and risk factors (more…)

25 things I tell my precious daughter — For parents and girls


My daughter’s first mission to Nepal

1. You are unique in all the world. There is only one you.

2. Be a leader, not a follower.

3. Be Kind. Always.

4. Love yourself first.

5. Be yourself. Love what you love. Do what you want to do. Don’t tolerate any judgment.

6. Everyone has flaws. No one is perfect. Not even your parents. (more…)