Dr McMillan’s Volunteer Trip to Tanzania
In October 2018 Dr McMillan travelled to Tanzania to work as a medical volunteer on the Jubilee Hope with the Vine Trust charity.
The Vine Trust is an international interdenominational charity based in Edinburgh that runs projects in Tanzania and Peru. The charity works in partnership with local organisations to support healthcare and house building on islands on Lake Victoria , and the Jubilee Hope is one of 2 boats that sail to the islands to deliver much needed healthcare to the islanders.
Each volunteer trip lasts for 2 weeks during which time clinics are run from the boat at various islands , providing healthcare that would otherwise be unavailable to the islanders.
Dr McMillan worked with a team of other UK volunteer doctors as well as Tanzanian healthcare professionals.
‘The clinics on the Jubilee Hope were very different from surgeries at Firrhill Medical Centre, and gave me the opportunity to practice medicine in a completely different setting , as well as making me aware of the enormous challenges many people in Tanzania face when accessing healthcare. It was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget’