Locals in Uganda Trusted A US Missionary, Renee Bach, Now 100 Children Have Allegedly Died As A Result

When many non-Africans think of Africa and its people, it is usually in unglorified terms. The practice has been for missionaries and aid givers to come to Africa, often seen as the land of the ‘needy’ to attempt to fix hunger, poverty and other types of malaise. The recent arrest and call for the prosecution of US missionary Renee Bach is an indication that people need to be more vigilant with accepting unverified help just because it bears an international tag.

Missionary Renee Bach, though having no medical training, allegedly masqueraded as a medical doctor and ‘treated’ many children in Uganda resulting in the death over 100 of them.

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Bach, who runs a local non-governmental organization called Serving His Children in eastern Uganda, is being accused of representing herself as a doctor and treating children in her care. She allegedly took children with malnutrition from local hospitals to “treat” them at her organization – and some of them died.

Renee’s actions have been tagged ‘When White ‘Saviourism’ Turns deadly”

Gimbo Zubeda and Kakai Rose from Masese in Jinja District alongside civil society organization, Women’s Pro Bono Initiative, are suing Bach for the actions they allege led to the death of their children while in her care.

The two women say that they were led to believe that Renee Bach was a medical doctor and that her home was a medical facility as she was often seen wearing a white coat, a stethoscope and often administered medications to children in her care. They say they learned that Bach had no training at all in medicine after their children died. They also found out that in 2015, the District Health Officer had closed her facility and ordered her to not offer any treatment to any children.

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The complainants are asking the Jinja High Court in Uganda to shut down Bach’s organization. They say the actions of Bach led to the death of over 100 children, “violating their right to access adequate treatment, the right to health of the children, the right to life, the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of race and social economic standing and the right to dignity, freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment”.

A group called No White Saviors (NWS) has taken to social media to raise awareness of this case and has asked for help in bringing charges against Bach in the U.S. The group posted pictures of two children with visible scars they say were caused by Renee Bach’s botched care.

See some of their posts below:

‏@nowhitesaviors “Some of #ReneeBach ‘s victims are still alive. This is Patricia, left permanently disfigured after a botched blood transfusion performed by Renee. She didn’t cross-match the blood, because she’s not a medical professional, child had horrible reaction & now lives with these scars.”

‏@nowhitesaviors “This is Maasai. He has been left with irreversible physical and mental disabilities because of #ReneeBach ‘s botched medical experimentation. Former staff and the family of Maasai report that Renee Bach was the one to treating their child at @servinghis”

‏@nowhitesaviors “Renee Bach is absolutely hiding in the U.S. She did not even show up for court in Jinja in March.

@nowhitesaviors “It was well over 100. Legally we name that number because there is an open human rights case that our team of lawyers have filed here in Uganda. We are very weary of their ability to pay off authorities here and are ready to pursue charges in U.S. against her and her 501c3.”

The response on social media has been cutting:

@Emiko Appledad_ “This is extreme white privilege and she should be held accountable for her actions legally. Black babies are not your medical testing subjects and I don’t care what God you’re serving while doing so.”

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