Project: Ukerewe medical mission - Tanzania (March 6-21, 2019)
Start Date: 06/03/2019
I grew up in the Greater Toronto Area and studied medicine in Ireland. I now practice in Waterloo, Ontario. I always felt that my degree can and should be used to help those who need it. While we triage patients on the urgency of their care, I always felt that everyone deserves care. Unfortunately, our system, on a global scale, is not set up for this.
I first saw this when I was 11 and was travelling through India. I never understood at the time how someone could be sick on the side of the road seeking money for medical care. It was that harsh reality that has driven me to want to provide care for those who need it, give guidance to those who need an arm, and to teach those who never had the opportunity to learn.
I have been to Ukerewe Island within the first 6 months of being an independently licensed physician. It was an honour and a privilege to work alongside my Tanzanian brothers and sisters to help provide care to those who would not be able to afford a visit to a physician and surgeon, to assist the surgeon in helping to remove tumours, and to educate patients on health.
Your support in this mission will help to provide medication to those who need it. We only use medications that can be obtained from their country (so that they can continue the treatment, should it be required), for donations to the local orphanage, and to help support the translators and healthcare providers that help us on the ground. Your support can be either monetary or goodwill, all will be accepted.
Unlike other organizations, majority of the funds are towards the medical caravan itself, with only 15% going towards administration.
During the mission I will be posting to my instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/n2medicine/)
Neil Naik – 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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