TSF’s volunteer-sending program had a big year in 2016. Our program with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) really took off, first with capacity-building interventions for field workers in Tanzania, Bolivia and Honduras.
Thanks to the dental clinic, optometry clinic and eyeglass lab set up in Tanzania as well as the homeopathy dispensaries opened in Honduras, the people of these countries now have access to more specialized health care options. Furthermore, at the time of writing, a container filled with all the necessary equipment for four dental clinics and four optometry clinics was on its way to Bolivia.
The new facilities provide local health care professionals and community health workers with an ideal setting to put into practice the knowledge shared by TSF’s dentistry, optometry and homeopathy volunteers, especially in the area of prevention.
Our non-GAC missions have also resulted in innovative projects, including CPA Without Borders in Haiti. We developed a partnership with the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Louis to help those in charge of health and educational institutions develop their accounting skills and implement an accounting charter to standardize all activities.
A similar project has also been launched in Tanzania with the Tanzania Union of Parents Secondary Schools (TUPSS), an association with 14 member secondary schools that provides learning opportunities to young people who are unable to enter the public school system due to lack of space.
Physiothérapie Sans Frontières’s missions in Tanzania and Ecuador are attracting considerable interest; the TSF team will soon welcome a new member dedicated to the program.
Remember, we are always looking for mission volunteers. If you want to help or know someone who would like to take part in this unique experience, please contact us.