Project: Ukerewe medical mission (Oct 16th to Nov 2nd, 2019)
Start Date: 16/10/2019
This is our first medical mission ever. Inspired by our friend Dr. Karin Euler (who is participating
on her 10th) we are travelling to Ukerewe Island in Tanzania as part of a 21 member team this
October. We have always believed in supporting our community through our time, talent and
treasure. This time we are taking that philosophy abroad to the global community.
Over 10 days in Ukerewe, the medical caravan will expect to see over 3000 people and provide
medical and dental services as well as community health education. Working with the Logistics
unit we will be part of the clinic intake system. Our duties will include measuring heart rates and
blood pressures, taking temperatures, and weighing patients. Some patients will have waited all
night to see the doctors. Also, we will help to organize waiting areas and assist with packing and
unpacking medical supplies and equipment as the caravan travels around Ukerewe. A typical
day will start at 7am and end at 9pm.
We are committed to cover our travel and accommodation costs ourselves. Our fundraising goal
is to raise money for the cost of supplies, including medication and medical and surgical
supplies. As well, your donations will help to provide stipends for the local Tanzanian team with
whom we will work. All medical supplies and equipment travel with us from Canada. Donations
over $20 qualify for a tax receipt. Thank you for your donation; you are helping to make a
difference. We promise to share this journey with you.
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.
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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