Sarah Grass

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Project: TERRAT MEDICAL MISSION FALL 2019
Start Date: 24/09/2019

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” ~ Walt Disney
My name is Sarah and I’m a Registered Nurse working in a Medical/Surgical ICU department in Saint John, New Brunswick. I come from a long line of nurses, you could say it runs deep in my veins.  Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a Nurse and growing up around nurses has given me the fortitude and passion to care for others.
I have dreamt of going on a medical mission in Africa since I was in high school and this year it is finally happening. I believe it will have a huge impact not only on the community but also within myself. Volunteering in Terrat, Tanzania is a calling I could not ignore and I’m very grateful to be given this opportunity.
This September I will be joining CACHA on a mission to Terrat, Tanzania where we will be assessing and treating as many patients as possible within our two-week caravan style mission.  The diverse conditions will be a challenge we will face head on providing primary care to many members of the community who have never seen a physician. Providing medical assessments, diagnosis and treatments that will range from minor ailments, HIV testing, Malaria and many more concerns.  We will be working hand in hand collaborating with local clinicians and nurses on programs for disease prevention, treatment, support and education. Culminating in continued community healthcare outreach to many in the surrounding areas.
The Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance relies on its volunteers for funding these missions.  It’s completely not for profit and my participation in this mission will be entirely self-funded.  I am asking for your help and support to make this essential mission become a reality.  I will be grateful and appreciative of any donation, as it will bring me one step closer to being able to fulfill a desperate need in this rural community.
I am beyond fortunate to work in Canada, in a first world Country and am eager to be faced with the challenges of working in Terrat. I know this will be an enlightening and heartfelt experience and am looking forward to embracing all it has to offer.

Sarah Grass – Terrat 2019

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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.

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 (jenclowcacha@gmail.com)

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