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Erin Mackenzie - Ukerewe medical mission - Oct 18 to Nov 3, 2017
"From the time I was a child, I knew that I wanted to 'someday' volunteer in Africa. I was able to make that goal a reality this past Fall, as I joined my very first volunteer mission to Ukerewe, Tanzania, with CACHA! This experience was truly life-changing; both on a personal level and in my professional capacity, as a pharmacist.
I was hooked!
I am thrilled to be able to participate again this Fall, in my 2nd Ukerewe mission. I very much look forward to the opportunity to work among these wonderful Tanzanians, who are truly some of the most gracious and 'generous-of-spirit' people I have ever had the privilege of meeting."
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.
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