All general donations will be allocated to CACHA projects based on the area of greatest need. Your generous donations will help CACHA provide life saving healthcare to remote communities in Gabon, Bénin, Tanzania and Uganda.
Patricia Robinson - Ukerewe medical mission, Fall 2018
Thank you for considering a donation! This is my third medical caravan with CACHA to Ukerewe, Tanzania. I am a nurse practitioner and hope that I will be able to make some lives a little better by volunteering my skills.
We go to many different villages and see hundreds of people each day working along with the local care providers. Your support of this mission will provide individuals in need with dental care, eye exams, and glasses, on the spot HIV, malaria and syphilis testing, surgeries, medications, and medical assessments. We pay for transportation, medical tests and hospital fees for those patients who require more care than we can provide. All patients receive deworming medication and a medication that works for fevers and/or pain. We also provide health education through videos and local care providers.
I really appreciate your support as your donation will improve the health of thousands of people! Thank you.
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 healthcare 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.