While CHAMA aim to challenge the scourge of Malaria and AIDS through sustainable grassroots project initiatives to fight poverty, we are also mindful that some children who had already contracted tropical diseases such malaria will need immediate medical attention if they will survive to fulfil the destiny. That’s why we also provide immediate medical care and education during our annual medical mission trips for orphans, children and seniors.

Our medical mission trips have had the opportunity to see and provide different levels of care – from the definitive to the supportive – for a wide variety of medical conditions. We see patients that suffer from minor fevers to AIDS. We provide extensive community health education and also conduct vaccination clinics and run free pharmacy for out-patients. Many villagers, especially the aged have difficulty coming to the clinic and so we conduct a number of house visits and mobile clinics.

Neglected tropical diseases

They are poverty diseases because they are preventable, treatable and curable. All that is needed is functional healthcare system and education. Examples are: malaria, diarrhea, filariasis, tuberculosis, leprosy, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas, dengue and trypanosomiasis are the tropical diseases affecting millions of people in Africa and throughout the world disease.

Regardless of where you live in Africa, in developing communities, people often suffer from tropical diseases that are the result of a lack of clean water and sanitary conditions. Tropical diseases are neglected infectious diseases which disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations in developing regions of the world such as Africa. Young children suffer from sore throats and ear infections. Acute and chronic otitis media are common problems. Thankfully our medical mission trips help to not only remedy this pain but stop future hearing loss.

Infections such as strep are treated with antibiotics that not only will alleviate the fevers but save lives. We treat cases of impetigo, as well as highly contagious staff infections.

Men, women and children frequently suffer from a wide variety of severe gingival and dental problems, hypertension that if not treated can lead to heart and other serious health problems.

During medical mission trip, patients are treated from stomach pain caused by worms or nutritional habits to severe disease and infection.

We treat patients suffering from dermatological infections and conducted minor surgical procedures on abscesses.

We see testicular tumors, hernias and large goiters. We diagnose chronic hypertension and diabetes. We often initiate care and encouraged our patients and their families to travel to the closest town for follow up.

Olugu Ukpai's photo.