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Med Ed International Ultrasound - Tanzania 2018

$16,391
81%
Raised toward our $20,000 Goal
105 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 14, at 08:00 AM PDT
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Med Ed International Ultrasound - Tanzania 2018

Our Mission

Help us raise $20,000 to create a sustainable ultrasound program in Mwanza, Tanzania!

This summer, 11 first year medical students from UC Irvine will be traveling to Mwanza, Tanzania to teach ultrasound and conduct research at the Tandabui Institute of Health, Education, Science and Technology (TIHEST). We will be the fifth UCISOM student group to go and work with the wonderful community of Mwanza. Our goal is to create a sustainable ultrasound program at TIHEST by providing local instructors with the means to carry on the program after our trip has ended. In addition to helping to educate the clinicians in Mwanza, we will be conducting research projects that we have created based off of the needs of this specific community. For example, our ophthalmology research project is to expand upon the ophthalmic needs last years team concluded. Finally, we are extremely excited to host a cervical cancer screen-and-treat clinic as well as research the demographics of cervical cancer and pelvic inflammatory disease patients. This information will help us to understand the at risk women, so we contribute to reducing the prevalence of these diseases.

Learn more about our projects below! 

Our Projects

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to visualize internal organs in real time. You are probably most familiar with ultrasound and its ability to visualize a developing baby inside its mother’s womb. But, ultrasound offers a variety of other uses: from visualizing a beating heart to localizing the presence of internal bleeding. Medical imaging tests that are easily accessible here in the United States, such as MRI’s, CT’s, and X-rays, are not easy to come by in Mwanza due to cost and the size of the machines. Ultrasound machines are more portable than their imaging counterparts (some can fit inside a small duffle bag!) and cost less to own and operate. For this reason, teaching the local community how to properly use ultrasound can provide many benefits.

Cervical Cancer Screen and Treat

Cervical cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in Africa with approximately 40% of new cases occurring in East Africa. Tanzania has the 6th-highest national rate of cervical cancer in the world at 54.0 cases per 100,000; this preventable cancer is a major cause of death for Tanzanian women. Despite this burden, Tanzania has no universal cervical cancer screening protocols in place.  Since 2016, UCISOM Team Tanzania has engaged with local communities in Mwanza (2016) and Ukerewe (2017) about HPV/cervical cancer awareness and has facilitated screen-and-treat services for populations-at-risk. Between 2016 and 2017, an average 13.32% of screened women were found to have precancerous cervical lesions with eligible patients being counseled and treated on the spot. For the 2018 clinic, we aim to expand demographic data collection and provide more robust HPV/cervical cancer educational services. Team Tanzania 2018 will be partnering with Buzuruga Health Center (public hospital) to run the screen-and-treat. To prevent HPV infections that may lead to cervical cancer, we will be sharing educational material and videos to better teach the women about the risks and causes of cervical cancer. This project is a continuation of efforts to promote women’s health through increasing access to cervical cancer screening and treatment.

Pediatric ​Ophthalmology Care Study

The World Health Organization estimates that in low-income countries, childhood blindness prevalence may be as high as 1.5 per 1000 children. It is estimated that 300,000 of the 1.3 million blind children in the world live in Africa. Our research project aims to utilize our unique patient demographic of children and mothers in Tanzania to perform vision screening for a wide range of childhood diseases and conduct a survey to assess maternal perspectives on child vision care and accessibility of these services. Our group will bring an auto-refractor to Tanzania to conduct accurate readings of refraction errors in children, perform stereo acuity tests for strabismus, test for cataract presence using the red reflex, and perform visual acuity testing. We will collect all visual data from our patients and administer the survey to their mothers in order to gain perspective on knowledge of pediatric eye conditions and symptoms and accessibility of services to address any of these symptoms.

 

Thank you for supporting our team and for all the work and hope we will bring to Mwanza, Tanzania!

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$20

Bronze Supporter

Thank you for your gift! What $20 can do --Educational handouts on cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and eye care, as well as examination supplies.

$50

Silver Supporter

You're wonderful! Your gift of $50 will enable us to hire local drivers/townsmen to advertise the cervical cancer clinic to be able to reach out to as many women as possible

$100

Gold Supporter

AMAZING! Thank you for your generosity! Your $100 gift essentially enables you to "Adopt a Student" and cover the cost of a Tanzanian health care professional's ultrasound education.

$500

Platinum Supporter

WOW. Your gift and generosity of $500 will let us provide cryosurgical supplies for the treatment of precancerous cervical lesions. We hope to be able to donate a cryotherapy unit to the hospital before we leave.

$1,000

Diamond Supporter

Thank you for being the highest level donor there is. $1000 will enable us to fund an ultrasound machine OR donation towards purchasing a cryotherapy gun for the hospital to better continue treatment of cervical cancer after our departure. From our entire team, we thank you again for making such a difference!

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