Elizabeth Good - Ukerewe medical mission (Oct 18 to Nov 3, 2017)

Tanzania

I am so very happy to be participating in my 8th volunteer mission to Ukerewe Island this coming October. The people there are so joyous and appreciative, I learn so much from them.

Working side by side with the Tanzanians to help improve the health of the population is truly a privilege that I never take lightly. I am blessed to be able to go to this island, my second home.

Your generous donation helps to cover the cost of medical supplies, surgeries, wages for the Tanzanians, transportation to villages each day, supplies and much more.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.

$3,700 raised so far

About

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 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 dispensed approximately 88, 870 prescriptions.


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