Ukerewe Medical Mission - Tanzania Fall 2018 (Oct 17 to Nov 2, 2018)


CACHA and Ukerewe District Council have partnered since 2009 to provide outreach medical services to the people of Ukerewe District - made up of 38 islands in the southeastern part of Lake Victoria. 

Health services and resources are exceedingly inadequate and access to medical care is limited as farmers and fishers are living in extreme poverty, often eating only 1 meal per day. We bring a team of 20+ clinicians, pharmacists, and logisticians to work alongside our Tanzanian partners to offer medical outreach to 300-500+ people per day.

Travelling to Ukerewe Island and working with our local partners provides you with a unique experience as Ukerewe is a remote and isolated community in the heart of the African continent.

We work closely with our local partners, in a relationship built on trust and respect, to offer services to those in dire need.  Be prepared to experience life in Tanzania and to offer your skills and compassion to a people who will welcome you with open arms.

Ukerewe caravan is popular with all volunteers, and you are encouraged to sign on early to ensure your place on the team.

To join this mission, please complete and send an application form, along with your CV to CACHA's Missions Coordinator at, as well as to the Mission Lead, Cathy Cleary, at

To apply, click here: Mission Application Form

$2,340 raised so far


CACHA and Nansio District Hospital (NDH) have partnered since late 2008 to provide outreach medical services to the people of Ukerewe district which is made up of 38 islands in the eastern part of Lake Victoria.

NDH and the surrounding community provide a team of medical and non-medical personnel to work alongside the Canadian volunteer health professionals in a 2-way expertise and knowledge-sharing partnership. Consultations, treatments and prescription medications (including reading glasses) are provided free of charge to the patients, the costs being borne by CACHA and NDH.

Location: Ukerewe and Ukara Islands, Ukerewe District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania

Partner: Ukerewe District Council (comprised of Nansio District Hospital, 22 dispensaries, and 3 health centers) 

Beneficiaries: Around 4,000 patients per mission

Objective: To increase access to education and healthcare for the Ukerewe Island population.

Hospital Catchment Area: 310,271 people  

Achieved Results and Activities

Members of the community on Ukerewe Island first approached CACHA in 2007. An initial visit was undertaken in October of 2008 to assess the feasibility of expanding CACHA’s outreach work to the island. Meetings were held with prospective partners and plans were made for a first caravan in January/February of 2009. That caravan was held successfully and plans were made for a second caravan in October of 2009. As a result of the success of the second caravan, CACHA committed itself to a cycle of two caravans per year for the Ukerewe and Ukara islands.

Since 2011, CACHA has assisted approximately 22, 903 patients, and dispensed approximately 88, 870 prescriptions.

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