Jessica Fong - Ukerewe Medical Mission- Fall 2017 (Oct 18-Nov 2) Tanzania

I am a family physician/hospitalist practicing in Toronto and am looking forward to participating in my second medical mission with CACHA on Ukerewe Island in fall 2017. Along with a team of both international and local physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, ophthalmologists, and logisticians, we will be facilitating a medical caravan to provide support in areas that the local community has identified as high priority, including primary healthcare, health education, and improved treatment/surgical facilities.

 Last year, I had the privilege of being part of a CACHA medical team providing primary healthcare to a large underserviced population in the remote village of Terrat, Tanzania. Working with the Tanzanian people and local healthcare providers was an incredible experience, and I am excited to continue my involvement with CACHA’s important global health initiatives. Your support is much appreciated!

$3,077 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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