image10Emmanual, age 60, was at a loss for words as he learned he was being entered into the MEDLFE Follow-up program.

Meet Emmanual, MEDLIFE Tanzania’s newest Follow-up patient. We met Emmanual for this first time this past weekend after a community leader had contacted MEDLIFE Tanzania Director Neema Lyimo asking for help. What Emmanual initially thought was just a painful toothache soon became a mass on his right cheek. In rural environments, many patients rely on community assistance for treatment when healthcare systems are not accessible either due to distance, cost or lack of education on how to utilize them. Our Tanzania staff will now begin to work with Emmanual and his family to get further evaluations and determine what course of action is needed.

image4The seasonal rains had limited road access to Emmanual’s community, leaving the team to set out on foot.

While the majority of MEDLIFE patients are found through a mobile clinic, occasionally local leaders will approach us and share the case of a friend or community member who needs help. Our partner communities and patients don’t just require medical care when MEDLIFE is able to bring a mobile clinic, caring for patients requires our 24/7, year-round attention. This is why the MEDLIFE values of listening and fostering strong relationships with communities is so crucial. Realistically, MEDLIFE mobile clinics cannot reach everyone in need of care. But by working within existing local networks we an extensive team able to take action. 


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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.