Project: Ukerewe medical mission
Start Date: 17/10/2018
“The volunteers I travel with to Ukerewe Island Tanzania are dedicated to sharing knowledge and improving health to a very resource-poor people. In addition to providing free medicines, we offer dental, eye and medical assessments, provide patient education and share our skills with our Tanzanian partners. We realize that while we are there to “do good work”, we are also there to share our experiences to help build a better health foundation.
I was project lead in 2017 for a mobile Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project, designed to improve quality of services, capture heath statistics easier, and to enhance safety. In our world, an EMR is now almost a given. In our Ukerewe context, without power and internet, combined with a daily setup in a new village, the challenges were greater. Our Canadian and Tanzanian partners were impressed with our rudimentary efforts and we will launch phase two in October 2018. I welcome and thank you for your gift to this project (Goal $5000 – computers, tablets, printers, generator, network hardware, software development, and supplies). Thank You for sharing my burden for Tanzania!
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: Ukerewe and Ukara Islands, Ukerewe District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania
Partner: Ukerewe District Council (comprised of Nansio District Hospital, 22 dispensaries, and 3 health centers)
Beneficiaries: Around 4,000 patients per mission
Objective: To increase access to education and healthcare for the Ukerewe Island population.
Hospital Catchment Area: 310,271 people
Achieved Results and Activities
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.