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Julia Gomes

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Project: Terrat Medical Mission Feb 2020
Start Date: 05/02/2020

I first discovered my passion for international humanitarian work at the age of 16 when I flew to Haiti in 2011, one year after the notoriously devastating earthquake shook the country to rubble. At the time I was doing whatever I could to help which mostly consisted of watching children, helping prepare meals and feeding the children at various orphanages. Although this humbling experience was nothing short of eye-opening, I couldn’t shake the unsettling feeling that I couldn’t do more to help. 2 years later I found myself on another humanitarian trip to an orphanage in Nepal and experienced an all too similar feeling. The unimaginable poor health conditions that I observed fueled my pursuit of a health care provider career path and 6 years later I am now graduated from pharmacy school and eager to put these newly acquired skills to use in a medical clinic in Tanzania this coming February through Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA).

You can read more about the organization below along with more information on the services we will be providing in Terrat, Tanzania.

Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and would be directly put towards improving the health of those in need in Tanzania. (Note: donations are tax-deductible)

Julia Gomes – Terrat 2020

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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: 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.

Terrat is a wonderful community – please consider joining us in our Adventure!

More information is available by contacting the Mission Co-Leads, Emilie Bordat (ebordat@goodepot.com) and Tara Andrusiak  (tara.andrusiak@gmail.com)

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