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Christa Wilton

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Project: Ukerewe medical mission
Start Date: 16/10/2019

I am excited to return to Ukerewe this fall. Ukerewe is under my skin and I have come to love the people there and feel very honoured to be able to be a part of the health care of the people of the island. I am a Registered Nurse working in the OR in a regional hospital in Canada.

On Ukerewe I assist in the OR as well. Through your support, we are able to provide general surgery to people who have no access to it otherwise. For some it is too far away, for others it is too expensive, for mos it is a combination of both. Surgeries that we consider commonplace in Canada are life-changing on Ukerewe. When I am not needed in the OR, I join the logistics team on the caravan.

Thank you for your interest in healthcare in this remote part of Tanzania.

The individuals on these pages are raising funds in support of CACHA’s mission. The funds are given to CACHA to defray the costs of participation in, and supplies for, the mission, and not for the personal benefit of any participant. CACHA retains control over the use of all donated funds. Once the needs for the program have been met, or cannot be completed for any reason, any remaining contributions will be used where needed most.

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.

Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2015

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.

For up to date travel information, please consult the Government of Canada – Travel Advice and Advisories site: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ The World Health Organization has a comprehensive website on the Ebola virus. http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/

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