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Ukerewe Medical Mission -Tanzania Fall 2017 ( October 18 - November 3, 2017)
Join a team of volunteers for a unique mission in the remote communities of Ukerewe Island, Tanzania.
Working closely with our local partners since 2009, the focus is on what has been identified as most concerning to the local people: Community health education; Clean water; Better operating theater; Vulnerable children; and Health education for local clinicians.
The mission is for 2 weeks with a team consisting of surgeons, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmologists, other health workers and coordinators, logisticians (non-medical workers)
Mission Lead: Cathy Cleary
To join this mission click here: Mission Application Form
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 centres)
Beneficiaries: Around 4,000 patients per mission
Objective: To increase access to education and health care 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 dispenced approximately 88, 870 prescriptions.