We first wrote about Renee Bach, a woman serving as a missionary in Uganda, back in November when we heard she was literally playing doctor with the children in her care despite having no medical degree. She allegedly took kids from actual hospitals to “treat” them at the headquarters for her ministry, Serving His Children. To no one’s surprise, several of those kids died.
A group called No White Saviors was raising awareness of her actions. They also pointed out that her group’s board of directors included “close friends and family members.” In other words, there was little, if any, oversight.
After our post was published, the U.S. director of Serving His Children, Lauri Bach, issued a response essentially confirming many of our points. But she added that Renee Bach never “presented herself as a medical professional, experimented on or caused the death of any child.” She also attributed those deaths to “severe acute malnutrition.”
Since that time, the allegations against Bach have only become more serious.
According to the Christian Post, she is now being charged with the unlawful deaths of children who sought care from her in a Ugandan court. The lawsuit was initiated by a group called Women’s Probono Initiative and two individual plaintiffs who blame Bach for the death of their kids.
The lawsuit was filed in January by Women’s Probono Initiative on behalf of two mothers, Gimbo Brenda and Kakai Annet, whose children died after receiving treatment at the ministry Bach founded called Serving His Children. The case is just now receiving international attention due to activism.“In their case documents, the mothers allege that they were led to believe that Ms. 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. When their children died however, they were told that Ms. Renee has no training at all in medicine and that in 2015, the District Health Officer had closed her facility and ordered her to not offer any treatment to any child”…
Back in November, one of the more concerning stories involving Bach was about a malnourished three-year-old boy whom she sent home after giving him food. She never followed up about the root cause of his malnutrition, and the short term solution didn’t lead to long-term success. He soon died of a heart failure.
The mothers suing her now have been through similar situations. One of them said of her son, “I feel his life was snatched from my arms by the actions of Ms. Renee Bach.” The case has not been decided yet. WSET-TV says Bach was scheduled to appear in a Ugandan court in March… but never showed up.
If you care about the medical well-being of children in countries with little to no access to decent health care, consider making a donation to Doctors Without Borders, whose employees are better equipped to handle these situations.