Jaunna Lessard - PTE Medical mission - September 29 to October 14, 2017

Tanzania

I need your help to raise money!! I have decided to take on an incredible opportunity to work as a volunteer with The Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Centre (PTWC) on a Health Promotion Mission, in Moshi Tanzania Africa this fall. As an avid traveler, I’ve been fortunate to travel the globe and learn about different cultures. When I turned 40 this past January, I decided I wanted too “pay it forward” on my next journey.

Why this mission? I’ve known Dr. Jenn Carpenter, who runs these medical missions 2-3 times a year, for awhile. I use to work with her husband Chris Chard and have heard many stories of what life is like in the rural areas of Africa and how badly they lack medical resources and basic health care knowledge. Most importantly, I’m an independent woman and I’ve always been empowered by other independent women. And what’s this mission about? Prevention Through Empowerment!!

What will we be doing? We will be providing primary medical care to villages surrounding Moshi. As well as working on the prevention of non-communicable diseases. We will be joined by the “Mama Bus” a mobile screening unit which will be doing Cervical Screening and involved in maternal child care information sessions.

These Missions are all non-profit and 100% self-funded. In order to stock our caravan with the necessary medical supplies, I need to raise the money to do so. My goal is to raise $5,000 through this webpage and fundraising events. Any little bit you can donate will help!

Thank you!!

$2,680 raised so far

About

Location: Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Partners: Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO), Tanzanian Ministry of Health

Beneficiaries:  The community-based clinic and its outreach programs have more than 11,000 patient visits per year; over 65% are women and children. We also support 13 young girls in school and 10 women through various micro-finance enterprises.

Objective: To improve the health of the people in Kilimanjaro Region through access to affordable, high quality and innovative health care models and addressing the social determinants of health.

ACTIVITIES

Health Clinic

Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Center’s (PTWC) main mission is to improve the health of the people in Kilimanjaro Region through access to affordable, high quality and innovative health care models and addressing the social determinants of health. Each year PTWC sees more than 2,500 patients at our clinic in Moshi where they receive quality and affordable primary outpatient care. PTWC ‘s clinic acts as a community resource for general health, women’s health and sexual health education.

CACHA Medical Caravans

Twice yearly, PTWC hosts medical caravans in cooperation with CACHA, in which a group of health professionals from Tanzania and Canada including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and logisticians attend to 300- 600 patients a day in Moshi’s most vulnerable surrounding villages. During the ten-day caravan in January 2009, the mission participants saw close to 1000 patients (almost 70% of which were female). Services offered to patients include general medical and pediatric consultations, ophthalmology, gynecology and HIV testing. CACHA medical caravans serve as an integral resource for the PTWC in identifying particularly urgent cases in the community and further informing people of the services available at the health clinic.

Activities Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

PTWC has recognized that many health problems stem from socio-economic causes and without addressing these issues many beneficiaries will never fully address their health issues. PTWC thus has begun income-generating activities with some of the most vulnerable women. Currently, we have a solar lantern/phone charging project and we hope to expand to other income generating projects. We also support 13 young girls from vulnerable families in their schooling, ranging from primary to tertiary education.

RESEARCH

Dr. Karen Yeates, co-Director of the Office of Global Health at Queens University, and PTWC co-Founder has several research projects in partnership with PTWC. The Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology Study (PURE) tracks a cohort for 15 years to measure the impact of rapidly changing environments and urbanization on the development of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancers. The International Polycap Study 3 (TIPS-3) is a study with a polycap medication to prevent cardiovascular events among those at high risk. Dream Global has enrolled 600 participants to test the effectiveness of SMS messages to help patients manage their hypertension. The Kilimanjaro Cervical Screening Project applies simple and safe mobile technologies to improve cervical cancer screening and thus potentially reduce mortality rates in Tanzania. And lastly, the Hati Salama (HASA) study will distribute 4,000-bed nets redeemed from 100 clinics across Tanzania to 4,000 women.  This collaboration will also involve a randomized trial to test the impact of behavior change messaging via SMS to determine the impact on uptake of bed net voucher redemption and use.

FUTURE PLAN

PTWC looks forward to the future by continuing our core service of providing quality and affordable health services to residents of Kilimanjaro Region. PTWC aims to expand our health outreach activities and connect them with follow-up education campaigns and engagement with community health workers through partnerships with local NGOs and government partners. PTWC will also continue our research projects to help in addressing chronic diseases in a variety of ways. The research will also help to inform the health clinic on trends, prevention possibilities, and treatment. PTWC will also continue to strengthen relationships with volunteers and university students. This will facilitate a skills transfer, capacity building, and knowledge exchange while establishing PTWC as a worldwide leader in health.