TERRAT MEDICAL MISSION FALL 2019 (September 24 - October 11, 2019)
Departure from Canada on September 24, 2019
Mission Completion on October 11, 2019
Join us for an unforgettable two weeks in a Maasai community! Experience the unique culture in Terrat, Tanzania while participating with other volunteers in a life-changing medical mission.
CACHA medical missions consist of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists, other health workers and coordinators, and logisticians (non-medical workers). We work together with our local partners to bring much needed medical care to those living in the area.
Mission Lead: Jen Clow
Field Mission Cost: $2,830 (does not include airfare)
Estimated Flight Costs: $1,800 - $2,500 (international + in-country flights + 15% administration fee on cost of flights)
**Please note departure dates and flight costs are subject to change based on availability
Primary mission language: English
1. Capacity Building
- Mentoring and teaching; Canadians and Tanzanians are paired throughout the mission
- Formal education sessions with local clinicians and nurses, focusing on topics they have requested
2. Engagement of Local Partners
- Development of relationships with Village councils/chairpersons in the communities we work in
- Continue to ensure the presence of an ophthalmology team, dentist and HIV testing/counseling team on the mission
- Caravan-style mission; mission days in Nadonjukin, Engonongoi, Sukuro, and Terrat
- Working with local clinical teams in these villages;
- Delivering education to patients in villages.
4. Patient Care
- Provision of good quality care and treatment to the individuals on clinic days
- Provision of Emergency Care to individuals/groups
- Identification, treatment, and education of sexually transmitted infections;
- Care to be provided in accordance with WHO, CDC and local Tanzanian treatment guidelines; algorithms approved by CACHA to be used as appropriate
5. HIV testing and care
HIV testing, counseling, and follow up
6. Education of local community
Topics will include: SODIS water treatment, basic hygiene and hand-washing, scabies management, malaria prevention, hydration, diarrhea prevention and management, stretching and exercises for MSK pain, road safety and trauma prevention
7. Identification of at-risk families/individuals
- Identification of families/patients with malnutrition, chronic medical problems
- Contact tracing for patients diagnosed with HIV and STIs
- Home visits as appropriate
8. Menstrual Health
Partnership with Kilipads… education and provision of reusable menstrual kits to school girls, to ensure they can attend school during their menstrual cycles
9. Education within local schools
Conduct sessions within the local secondary school, focusing on sexual health education, menstrual health, and hygiene
10. Education with local nurses and clinicians
- Topics will include neonatal resuscitation, approach to basic life support measures, and identification & management of the patient with sepsis (both pediatric and adult).
- Canadian team members will prepare resources and work with local nurses and clinicians
Beneficiaries: 2000-2500 patients per mission
The mission will last 2 weeks and the team will consist of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmologists, other health workers and coordinators, logisticians (non-medical workers).
Mission Lead: Dr. Jennifer Clow
To join this mission, please complete and send an application form, along with your CV to CACHA's Missions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as to the Mission Lead, Dr. Jennifer Clow at email@example.com
Location: Terrat, Tanzania
Beneficiaries: 2000-2500 patients per mission
Partner: Simanjiro District Council
Terrat is in the heart of Maasailand in North-Central Tanzania, in the Simanjiro District.
CACHA partnered with the Simanjiro District Council in February 2014, to bring our first Medical Mission to Terrat. At the time, we were the first Western Medical group to be welcomed into the community. Since then, we have been working hard to build relationships with the Maasai community, the dispensary nurses and clinicians, and the local District Council. September 2019 marks our tenth medical mission to Terrat. We are starting to see healthier patients, improved compliance with medications and a greater understanding of illnesses. More importantly, the nurses and clinicians are becoming more independent, and are starting amazing initiatives to maintain and improve the health of their community.
The Maasai are traditionally a nomadic, pastoralist (cattle herding) culture. The tribe is one of the best-known East African populations, due to their distinct traditions, culture, dress, and proximity to many game parks.
Terrat is an isolated area, being 2.5 hours from the closest city (Arusha). The local dispensary serves a catchment area of >20,000 people, including many surrounding villages. The people of the area have very little, but are incredibly warm, welcoming and accepting. Our medical mission sees an average of 200-400 people per day. We focus not only on seeing patients but on working together with the local clinical team. Capacity building is a primary objective.
Recently we have incorporated education sessions in local secondary schools, focusing on menstrual health and hygiene. This mission we will be partnering with Kilipads, a Tanzanian organization working to provide reusable menstrual pads to local schoolgirls.
We have supported the building of a local HIV Care and Treatment Center and are continuing to support the development of better health-related infrastructure in the area. Our mission has been developing educational tools for use with the local clinical team as well as with our patients. We will be doing group education sessions with our patients on a variety of topics.
The Fall 2019 mission to Terrat will be a Caravan-style mission. We will stay at a guest house in Terrat, and drive to one nearby village each mission day. Two days (one day each week) will be spent at the dispensaries in Nadonjukin, Engonongoi, and Sukuro. Three days will be spent at the Terrat dispensary.
Terrat is a wonderful community – please consider joining us in our Adventure!
More information is available by contacting the Mission Lead, Dr. Jennifer Clow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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CACHA medical missions are non-profit and self-funded by volunteers and their donors. The mission cost is disbursed over a variety of mission-related expenses including; accommodation, food, in-country transportation, allowances for locally engaged partners, medical and logistics equipment and supplies, communications, customs, medical treatments and referrals for patients, as well as CACHA overhead and management, CACHA membership fee, and helps to support many of our CACHA projects.
All donations submitted to CACHA toward payment of mission costs and plane tickets are tax deductible.
The approximate total cost for a medical mission in Tanzania is $5,160 ($2820 field cost + airline ticket + 15% administration fee on actual cost of airline ticket).