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Colleen MacInnis


Project: Ukerewe medical mission (Oct 16th to Nov 2nd, 2019)
Start Date: 16/10/2019

Colleen MacInnis is a pharmacist from Shelburne, Nova Scotia where she lives with her husband and two children, Jude (9) and Isla (6). As a family, the MacInnis’ enjoy adventurous travel around the world as well as spending time sailing and stand-up paddle boarding on the picturesque Shelburne Harbour.

After working as a pharmacist for 6 years, Colleen and her husband purchased an independent pharmacy in their beautiful rural community in 2013. Since then, they have been providing necessary pharmacy and healthcare services to a community that has been hit hard by physician shortages and hospital closures.

This is Colleen’s first mission with CACHA. She is very much looking forward to using her years of experience to give back to the global healthcare community. As a non-for-profit organization, CACHA depends on its volunteers to complete its project commitments. Its volunteers rely on the generosity and support of donations to help make these missions a reality. Any donation, large or small to this cause, would be so appreciated.

Colleen MacInnis – Ukerewe Oct 2019

$6,129 of $5,330 raised
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Donation Total: $25.00

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.

Location: Ukerewe Island, Ukerewe District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania

Dates: Oct 16 to Nov 2, 2019 (for individual questions please talk to co-leads)

Mission Lead:
 Elizabeth Good(

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.

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: The World Health Organization has a comprehensive website on the Ebola virus.

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