UKEREWE MEDICAL MISSION (OCT 16TH TO NOV 2ND, 2019)
Location: Ukerewe Island, Ukerewe District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania
Dates: Oct 16 to Nov 2, 2019
Leaving Canada October 16th. Last working day of Medical Caravan is Friday, November 1st. Participants can book to travel home on evening flight leaving from Kilimanjaro on Saturday, November 2nd (unless they are staying on for other activities).
Please contact Team Lead, Elizabeth Good (Ukerewe2019@yahoo.com), for other questions you may have.
Mission Cost per participant: $2,830 + $50 membership (does not include airfare)
Estimated Flight Cost: $2,000 - $2, 600 (International flight and domestic flights + 15% administration fee on cost of flights)
Partner: Ukerewe District Council (comprised of Nansio District Hospital, 22 dispensaries, and 3 health centers)
Beneficiaries: Around 4,000 patients per mission, in a catchment area of 310,271 people.
Primary mission language: English
Objective: To increase access to education and healthcare for the Ukerewe Island population.
Background: 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, in the eastern part of Lake Victoria.
Since 2011, CACHA has assisted approximately 22, 903 patients, and dispensed approximately 88, 870 prescriptions.
NDH and the surrounding community provide a team of medical and non-medical personnel to work alongside the Canadian volunteer health professionals in 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.
Health services and resources are exceedingly inadequate and access to medical care is limited as farmers and fishers are living in extreme poverty, often eating only 1 meal per day. We bring a team of 20+ clinicians, pharmacists, and logisticians to work alongside our Tanzanian partners to offer medical outreach to 300-500+ people per day.
Traveling to Ukerewe Island and working with our local partners provides you with a unique experience as Ukerewe is a remote and isolated community in the heart of the African continent.
We work closely with our local partners, in a relationship built on trust and respect, to offer services to those in dire need. Be prepared to experience life in Tanzania and to offer your skills and compassion to a people who will welcome you with open arms.
Ukerewe caravan is popular with all volunteers, and you are encouraged to sign on early to ensure your place on the team.
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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.
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, Elizabeth Good at email@example.com
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