Project: Ukerewe medical mission
Start Date: 06/03/2019
I am trained in both family and emergency medicine and I am currently completing a fellowship in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the University of Toronto. I have also done tropical medicine training in Thailand and Cambodia and hold a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Institute in Peru. I am particularly concerned with the impact that social determinants can have on the propagation of neglected tropical diseases.
I have worked abroad doing HIV/AIDs work with a local NGO in India, in women’s health in the Himalayas of Nepal, and also in Haiti, during the cholera outbreak after the earthquake in 2010. My travels and work abroad have given perspective on the importance and need for basic medical infrastructure and healthcare that is often lacking and basic in many developing countries. CACHA provides healthcare support, medications, and supplies to local medical professionals and populations that would otherwise not have access to basic medical care.
In partnership with regional health workers and facilities, CACHA is helping to build sustainability in health services for these under-resourced communities.
Dr. Aisha Khatib – Ukerewe March 2019
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.
NDH and the surrounding community provide a team of medical and non-medical personnel to work alongside the Canadian volunteer health professionals in a 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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