CACHA Shirati Infrastructure Mission, Feb. 1 to 23, 2023 (Extension to March 9) 

The CACHA Infrastructure Mission Projects improve the infrastructure at the KMT Shirati Hospital near Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania near the Kenya border. 

Location: Shirati, Rorya District, North Mara Region, Tanzania 

Dates:Feb. 1 to 23, 2023 (Extension to March 9) 

 

Mission Leads:Lloyd and  Erla Koch 

Mission Cost per participant: $3,500 (does not include airfare) 

Estimated Flight Cost:$1,500-2,200 (International flight plus 20% administration fee on cost of flight) 

Partners: Shirati KMT Hospital, Mennonite Church of Tanzania. The Hospital provides affordable health care to people living in the catchment area of Rorya district, which has a population of 265,000. 

Primary mission language: English 

2023 mission project budget: $30,000 

To renovate an existing building into a medical supplies and drug warehouse. This will increase the efficiency and security of this vital hospital service. 

Donations will be gratefully accepted on this site for this project. 

Canadian volunteers will work alongside local tradesmen as always to complete the project. 

People with some knowledge of renovations would be welcome for this project.  

Other volunteers with knowledge of computers, sewing, welding, painting, or business could contribute to other projects. 

 Medical professionals to assist in strengthening staff are also always welcome, especially for the OR, ICU, general wards, lab and pharmacy. 

We will also continue providing teaching assistance (English, business, trades) to Kisare Secondary Technical School; continue to support, explore, and evaluate past and future business opportunities with women’s initiative groups and do village work with the HIV/Palliative Care team. 

 

Erla and Lloyd hope you can join them on this infrastructure mission to Shirati to work on this project or be involved in the Help the Children of Tanzania projects that will be going on at the time. 

 

https://cacha.ca/projects/help-the-children-of-tanzania-fun/  

 

Email them at lekoch@hotmail.com and they’ll respond by email or phone to answer your questions. 

CACHA 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, communications, some donation to cost of project as well as CACHA overhead and management and CACHA membership fee,

All donations submitted to CACHA toward payment of mission costs and plane tickets are tax deductible.

To join this mission, please complete and send an application form, along with a short CV to CACHA's Executive Director at ed@cacha.ca as well as to the Mission Leads, Lloyd and Erla Koch at lekoch@hotmail.com

 To see a list of completed projects over the last 12 years, see below. 

Ten Infrastructure teams from 2009 to 2020 completed the following projects 

  • Training for 35 hospital staff on computers. They are now using a local area network for finance, pharmacy, and administration;  
  • Evaluation of hospital programs 
  • Installed an initial project to introduce reliable solar lighting throughout the hospital; 
  • 50 staff, student nurses, and Diocese staff with English improvement classes; 
  • A container load of reconditioned Canadian medical equipment (shipped, installed and in use) 
  • Freshly-painted ALL hospital buildings; 
  • New toilets, showers, sinks and taps in all wards. 
  • Two new water storage tanks (total 220,000-liter capacity), shipped and built 
  •  A water purification system installed supplying hospital with drinkable water for the first time ever! 
  • A newly built 5 bed ICU 
  • A new medical laboratory 
  • 4 strategic plans done and updated  
  • Helped begin construction on a new Secondary Technical School for a planned enrollment of 400 students; 
  • Much support given by the Help the Children of Tanzania Project to villages and schools to improve living conditions, healthcare and education as well as supporting Women’s Initiative Groups by providing income generating projects to make them more self-sufficient and able to support their families. 

 

Hospital history prior to CACHA’s arrival in 2008: Shirati Hospital was established in 1934 by missionaries from the Eastern Mennonite Mission in the U.S. and Canada and is now owned by the Mennonite Church of Tanzania (KMT) and operated by a Board of Directors that includes government appointees. It is the largest hospital in Rorya District, operating 200 beds with a wide range of services, including a Leprosy Control Center, Medical Research Center, an HIV/Aids Control Center, and a School of Nursing with 200 students enrolled. 

CACHA first responded to a request for assistance from the hospital in 2008. CACHA volunteers undertook an exploratory visit to Shirati and found a hospital serving a very remote corner of Tanzania with 80 per cent of the people living under the poverty line. The needs identified included a lack of medical equipment and a shortage of staff to do village outreach. It lacked a strategic plan to begin addressing many hospital shortcomings and a great desire to learn more English by hospital and church staff. 

CACHA followed up by sending a container of refurbished medical equipment to Shirati Hospital in July 2009 and another container to its sister hospital, Nyere DDH at Mugumu. Three months later CACHA followed up with an infrastructure team of seven volunteers. The team worked for three weeks implementing improvements to the hospital’s finance department, installing six computers and other equipment from the container, training staff on computers, installing solar lights across the hospital and teaching English to hospital and Diocese staff, secondary students, and their teachers. Two volunteers stayed on for an additional five weeks to complete a strategic plan and to continue teaching English to hospital and church staff and secondary students. After that, teams have gone to Shirati most years and the projects have become larger at the hospital.

After the presentation of the strategic plan to the Regional Medical Officer, the government approved the request to support the hospital and in September 2010 it became a Council Designated Hospital. Salaries are now subsidized by the government and treatment is also partially subsidized. 

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