Teva Canada & TO-the-World Participate in Ugandan Mission

“This mission feels like a beginning. We succeeded by working together - we all had a passion to make a difference.”
Teva Canada & TO-the-World Participate in Ugandan Mission
Village children greet volunteers with song and dance

Volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists and pharmacists collaborate to support Ugandan communities with mobile clinics

Teva Canada was honored to participate in the Ugandan mission of TO-the-World, a young charity organization dedicated to helping people medically where it is needed most - often in third-world countries. During a mission from Feb 15 - March 1, 2014 in Kihefo Uganda, located in the Kigezi region of Southwest Uganda, Canadian doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists & pharmacists donated their time and expertise for two weeks to set up mobile clinics near the city of Kabale and surrounding areas. These medical professionals traveled out-of-pocket to remote areas, reaching hundreds of men, women and children in need on a daily basis.

Providing Sustainable Healthcare

This was the charity’s second mission to Uganda. The mission included mobile clinics with areas for dentistry, medical, maternal health, pharmacy and optometry which were set up daily at school communities in the region. Volunteers, in addition to supporting the clinics, also took the opportunity to help train the local medical community on new or innovative practices. Villagers queued up in the hundreds, to ensure they would be seen by the volunteer professionals.

Teva Canada Product Sponsorship

Virginia Cirocco, a former Teva client and Shelley Diamond, a pharmacy consultant, both volunteers from TO-the-World approached Teva for a product sponsorship to support the mission. Building on a long term relationship with senior leaders Doug Sommerville, SVP, & General Manager, Terry Creighton, Vice President, Government Affairs, David Windross, Vice President, External Affairs and Leslie Dan, Founder of Novopharm, Teva Canada happily made arrangements to donate the requested available product. Kellie Ermacora, Manager of Customer Service at Teva Canada was the key to ‘making it happen’. With product secured, TO-the-World was well prepared for their mission.

A Beginning and not an End

The team visited a nearby orphanage and a highlight for many was a trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO protected reserve, to view gorillas whose populations are now being restored and as depicted in the film "Gorillas in the Mist".
When asked if the mission was a success and if she would go back, Virginia Cirocco simply stated, “It feels like a beginning and not an end. An ongoing effort to perpetuate the clinics and this important work needs to be in place to drive sustainable change.”

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