Tara Andrusiak - Ukerewe Medical Mission , Fall 2017


I am a family physician currently working in Vancouver, BC with interests in HIV medicine, addiction medicine, and global health. I am excited to embark on my third medical mission to Tanzania with CACHA to provide medical care to the people on Ukwerewe island with the mission team.

 I hope you will consider donating toward my participation in the Ukewere mission in October 2017. Any donation, large or small will greatly assist us in our goal to provide medical care to the people of Ukerewe, including assisting in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

$2,577 raised so far


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  

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