Warren Meek - Ukerewe medical mission, Fall 2018


The volunteers I travel with to Ukerewe Island Tanzania are dedicated to sharing knowledge and improving health to a very resource-poor people. In addition to providing free medicines, we offer dental, eye and medical assessments, provide patient education and share our skills with our Tanzanian partners. We realize that while we are there to “do good work”, we are also there to share our experiences to help build a better health foundation.

I was project lead in 2017 for a mobile Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project, designed to improve quality of services, capture heath statistics easier, and to enhance safety. In our world, an EMR is now almost a given. In our Ukerewe context, without power and internet, combined with the daily setup in a new village, the challenges were greater. Our Canadian and Tanzanian partners were impressed with our rudimentary efforts and we will launch phase two in October 2018. I welcome and Thank You for your gift to this project (Goal $5000 – computers, tablets, printers, generator, network hardware, software development, and supplies). Thank You for sharing my burden for Tanzania!


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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.

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