Project: TERRAT MEDICAL MISSION FALL 2019
Start Date: 24/09/2019
I am looking forward to participating in my fifth mission, as a logistics volunteer. The Maasai people in Terrat and surrounding area await CACHA’s missions each year, and welcome the volunteers with open arms. This year, the team will be doing caravan-style clinics to the villages of Engonongoi, Nadonjukin, and Sukuro, as well as working at our home base in Terrat. This will be a challenge new to me! Each volunteer pays a fee that fully funds both the mission itself (supplies, medication, and lodging) and programmes that run throughout the year. (See website for more information.) Any help you can give will be appreciated.
Joan Clow – Terrat Fall 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.
Location: Terrat, Tanzania
Beneficiaries: 2000-2500 patients per mission
Partner: Simanjiro District Council
Terrat is in the heart of Maasailand in North-Central Tanzania, in the Simanjiro District.
CACHA partnered with the Simanjiro District Council in February 2014, to bring our first Medical Mission to Terrat. At the time, we were the first Western Medical group to be welcomed into the community. Since then, we have been working hard to build relationships with the Maasai community, the dispensary nurses and clinicians, and the local District Council. September 2019 marks our tenth medical mission to Terrat. We are starting to see healthier patients, improved compliance with medications and a greater understanding of illnesses. More importantly, the nurses and clinicians are becoming more independent, and are starting amazing initiatives to maintain and improve the health of their community.
The Maasai are traditionally a nomadic, pastoralist (cattle herding) culture. The tribe is one of the best-known East African populations, due to their distinct traditions, culture, dress, and proximity to many game parks.
Terrat is an isolated area, being 2.5 hours from the closest city (Arusha). The local dispensary serves a catchment area of >20,000 people, including many surrounding villages. The people of the area have very little, but are incredibly warm, welcoming and accepting. Our medical mission sees an average of 200-400 people per day. We focus not only on seeing patients but on working together with the local clinical team. Capacity building is a primary objective.
Recently we have incorporated education sessions in local secondary schools, focusing on menstrual health and hygiene. This mission we will be partnering with Kilipads, a Tanzanian organization working to provide reusable menstrual pads to local schoolgirls.
We have supported the building of a local HIV Care and Treatment Center and are continuing to support the development of better health-related infrastructure in the area. Our mission has been developing educational tools for use with the local clinical team as well as with our patients. We will be doing group education sessions with our patients on a variety of topics.
The Fall 2019 mission to Terrat will be a Caravan-style mission. We will stay at a guest house in Terrat, and drive to one nearby village each mission day. Two days (one day each week) will be spent at the dispensaries in Nadonjukin, Engonongoi, and Sukuro. Three days will be spent at the Terrat dispensary.
Terrat is a wonderful community – please consider joining us in our Adventure!
More information is available by contacting the Mission Lead, Dr. Jennifer Clow (email@example.com)
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