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Volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists and pharmacists collaborate to support Ugandan communities with mobile clinics
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.
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.
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.”For more information on To-The-World, click here >>