Kristina Khokhlacheva


Start Date: 24/09/2019

Hello! My name is Kristina.

I was originally born in Russia and moved to Canada as an international student when I was 17 years old. I initially completed my nursing studies at the Algonquin College, after which I went to discover the obstetrical and the community nursing worlds, which both gave me a great foundation to move forward with my future nursing endeavors. After working for a few years, I was able to obtain my status in Canada and was able to continue my nursing studies at the University of Ottawa. Once graduated, I chose to continue my nursing career working at the Heart Institute, where I progressed further within my cardiology scope of knowledge and skills. After working at the Heart Institute for some time, I felt it was time to shift my career focus to the emergency medicine as my number one interest in pursuing my nursing career further. As a result, I currently work as a Registered Nurse at the Ottawa Hospital, Emergency Department. Throughout my nursing career, I realized how much I enjoy teaching (students and patients), which led me to pursue clinical teaching; I currently am a clinical professor at the University of Ottawa, where I teach obstetrics and gynecology labs and clinical.

Besides my love for nursing and being able to help and support others in need, I have a few passions of my own! During the past few years, I’ve participated in a number of marathons, bikes races, and a duathlon. I’m an enthusiastic baker, where I love to explore with recipes and decoration styles of my creations. And, I recently went back to pursue my biggest passion since my teenage years – ballroom dancing, where I am back at it and loving it!

I’ve always been known as a very energetic, positive, ready to help and a life loving individual. It was always my dream to be able to participate in a medical mission, where I could explore the other side of this world and be able to help others in need at the same time. I’m beyond excited and looking forward to this life-changing experience!

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 (

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