What We Do

The Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance has been sending volunteers on 2-3 week long Medical Missions since 2002. Medical Missions (also sometimes referred to as ‘Caravans’) serve to provide rural and isolated African communities with life-saving medical care.

A medical mission typically consists of a team of approximately 15-25 CACHA volunteers with the support of local partner staff and volunteers. The teams provide free or subsidized health services to underserviced rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The CACHA volunteers typically consist of pharmacists, surgeons, nurses, physicians, dentists, ophthalmologists, health providers and logisticians (non-medical volunteers).

A mission lead is appointed by CACHA to organize the preparation for the mission and lead volunteers on the ground. Health services offered include: General medicine consults, OB/GYN consults, minor surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, surgical referrals and onsite HIV testing and referrals. Between 250 and 600 patients are seen per clinic day with an average of 4-5 prescriptions per person.

If you would like to find out more about our opportunities please contact apo@cacha.ca for details.