Gambia: MRC Shifting Focus to Field-Based Research - New Gambia Director Tells Daily Observer
[Daily Observer]The new Unit director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) in The Gambia has spoken extensively about the work of the institution, indicating that the Council is now shifting its focus from lab-based to field-based research. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: YCFAC Donates Blood to Brikama Health Centre
[The Point]Your Change for a Change (YCFaC) on Friday celebrated all February birthdays by bleeding to save a life, at the Brikama Health Centre in Brikama. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Social Welfare Coordinator Raises Concern Over Baby-Dumping
[The Point]The West Coast regional Social Welfare coordinator, Haruna Badjie, has lamented the rate of baby-dumping within the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 24, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Health Promotion Is Critical to National Development'
[The Point]Lamin Sanneh, Governor of West Coast Region, has said that health promotion is critical to national development, adding that health is everyone's concern, so there was need for people to promote it in their individual capacity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Ministry of Health, Youths and Sport Updates Journalists On 'Sport for Health' Activities
[The Point]The Ministry of Health, Youth and Sports recently held a press briefing to update journalists on the forthcoming "Sport For Health" activities slated for 7-9 March 2014, to be held at the Serrekunda Mini-stadium. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UTG Medical Students, Aji Bakki Kafoo Clean Gunjur Health Centre
[The Point]The medical students of the University of The Gambia, in conjunction with Aji Bakki Kafoo of Gunjur, Tuesday embarked on a massive cleansing exercise at the Gunjur Health Centre, as part of their contribution to environmental sanitation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Smoking Is Harmful
[The Point]It was stated that the number of new cases of cancer per year in Africa is estimated at over 582,000. Experts say that if cancer prevention and control was not stepped up, by the year 2020 there will be an estimated 1,000,000 new cases of cancer with a mortality rate of 50%. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Mother and Child Welfare Society Donates Medical Items to Pediatric Ward
[The Point]Mother and Child Welfare Society, based in Banjul, Saturday donated some medical items to patients admitted at the Pediatric Ward of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, as part of their contribution towards national development. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Media Campaign On 'A Smoke Free the Gambia' Launched
[The Point]The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Omar Sey, Wednesday presided over the launching of "A Smoke Free the Gambia" Campaign on tobacco control, held at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Journalists Briefed On 'Sport for Health' Activities
[Daily Observer]Journalists from the print and electronic media on Thursday attended an hour's press briefing session at the conference hall of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), in Banjul, for the forthcoming 'Sport For Health' 2014 program of activities. The deputy director of Planning at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Pa Suwareh Faye, informed the journalists about the rationale behind the press briefing, which he said, was to update them on the preparations for the 'Sport For Health' activities, sla (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CU, Oxfam Hold National Contingency Planning Workshop
[Daily Observer]Concern Universal (CU), in collaboration with OXFAM, an international humanitarian organisation based in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday started a two-day national contingency planning workshop. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: SCRC Holds Annual Evaluation Ceremony
[Daily Observer]The Serekunda Central Red Cross (SCRC), under the the Gambia Red Cross Society on Saturday held its annual evaluation ceremony, at the Joint Officers Mess in Kotu on the theme, "protecting the girl child from FGM." Speaking at the event, Modoulamin Jallow, a link elder of SCRC gave a brief history of the Gambia Red Cross Society. He added that SCRC is the first Red Cross link formed in The Gambia in the early 1970's. The day, he said, is an annual activity SCRC celebrates, noting that it is dedicated to th (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Teenage Pregnancy, a Cause for Concern
[The Point]The issue of teenage pregnancies is a cause for concern, and it is necessary that we draw the attention of the authorities to its diverse effects. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Community Leaders Welcome Campaign Against FGM in the Niaminas
[The Point]More than two hundred and thirty participants from the 11 clusters of Niamina East, Niamina West, Niamina Dankunku and Sotokoi village including the three district Chiefs, Alkalolu, Imams and women leaders have been part of series of community training programmes in the Central River Region South. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GAMNASS Inaugurates New Board of Governors
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Network of AIDs Support Society (GAMNASS), the umbrella body of HIV & AIDs support groups in The Gambia on Saturday inaugurated a new Board of Governors. The inauguration ceremony was held at GAMNASS office in Churchill Town. GAMNASS coordinates the activities of its members and provides leadership in their involvement in national response to HIV/AIDS. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 12, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Ostend Banjul Link Association Donates Ambulance to EFSTH
[The Point]Ostend Banjul Link Association, a body based both in Belgium and The Gambia, has donated a Nissan ambulance to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul through the Banjul City Council. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Beneficiaries Applaud Operafrica for Eye Operation
[The Point]The beneficiaries of the annual Operafrica eye operation have expressed appreciation to the UK based-charitable organization for their contribution towards the health sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Eradicating FGM
[The Point]Efforts at eradicate female genital mutilation or cutting in The Gambian are indeed gaining momentum. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Malaria Cases Dropped Significantly - As Result of Monthly 'Operation Clean the Nation'
[Daily Observer]The public relations officer (PRO) of Banjul City Council (BCC) has disclosed that preliminary results have confirmed that malaria cases in some areas had significantly dropped by a high percentage, as a result of the monthly 'Operation Clean the Nation' exercise, instituted by His Excellency, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh in 2004. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CEO Badjie - Rural Electrification Boosts Health Care Delivery
[Daily Observer]The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital in Bwiam, Foni Kansala, has said that the rural electrification project, initiated by the government of the day has impacted positively on the health care delivery system at the hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: RHF Provides More Vehicles to Address Health's Mobility Needs
[Daily Observer]A new fleet of 24 vehicles and 60 motorbikes were handed over Thursday to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare by Riders For Health (RFH), as part of efforts to enhance mobility in The Gambia's healthcare delivery system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Mental Health Should Be a Priority
[The Point]The mentally ill people are part of our society. Nowadays, it is common to see families totally abandoning their own people for the simple reason that they are mentally ill. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: VP Urges Security Services to Help Health Ministry Monitor Vehicles
[The Point]The vice president and minister for women's affairs Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, has called on the security services in the country to support the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Riders for Health to monitor the movement of vehicles. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Sensitization Wraps Up On Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/Aids
[The Point]The regional health directorate for West Coast Region, in collaboration with NACP, NAS and other development partners, on Tuesday organized a daylong sensitization forum on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 6, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: YCFAC Holds Health Fair 2014
[The Point]Your Change for a Change (YCFaC), in collaboration with various institutions, Saturday organised a body, mind and spirit health fair 2014 at the Alliance Franco Gambia on the theme: 'Health for All'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GAMCOTRAP Urges Gov't to Outlaw FGM
[The Point]The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (Gamcotrap) has called on the Government of The Gambia to consider outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) thus fulfilling its obligation as duty bearers on girls and women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health PS Highlights Significance of Blood Transfusion
[Daily Observer]The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Makie Taal, who spoke extensively on the importance of blood transfusion, said it has immensely contributed towards saving millions of lives yearly and improved life expectancy and quality of patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. He added that in many countries, including The Gambia many people still die, due to the inadequate supply of blood and blood products. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Food Safety First
[The Point]We have argued incessantly in this page that agriculture is the backbone of an economy; all else are just superstructures. The base for industrial and technological progress is agriculture. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Minister Fumes Over Poor Waste Management At Hospitals
[Foroyaa]Health minister Omar Sey was left exasperated after a fact-finding survey reveals poor management of waste in public health facilities. The minister was speaking on Tuesday 21 January 2014 at the Ministry's conference room in Banjul after the presentation of a fact finding survey on waste management in public health facilities in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: €45,000.00 Worth of Equipment for Serekunda Hospital
[Daily Observer]Mbee Makoyi Kafoo Gambia Finland Friendship Association (MMKGaFfa) on Wednesday donated €45,000.00 (Forty-Five Thousand Euro) worth of hospital equipment to the Serekunda Hospital at a presentation ceremony held at the Young Men Christian Association grounds in Kanifing. The donation is meant to complement the efforts of the Gambian government in the provision of quality health service delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Grade 7 Pupil Impregnated in Urr
[Daily Observer]Basse -A 15-year-old grade seven pupil (name withheld) in Wuli, Upper River Region (URR) has been reportedly impregnated by a man in the same area, sources have told the Daily Observer. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - January 24, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: KMC Urges Usage of Dustbins to Minimise Indiscriminate Dumping of Waste
[Daily Observer]The manager of Highways at the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) has urged all shopkeepers and street vendors to use containers and dustbins, in order to minimise indiscriminate dumping of waste. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: British National Credits President Jammeh's Herbal Treatment Programme
[The Point]Audrey Roberts, alias Halimatou Sadiya Danso, a British national now residing in The Gambia, has applauded and congratulated President Jammeh on the seventh-year anniversary of his herbal treatment programme celebrated last Friday in Kanilai as well as his unflinching service to humanity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 23, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Stakeholders Meet to Discuss U.S.$8.7 Million Project
[Daily Observer]Stakeholders from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) Tuesday met to discuss a Health Care Waste Management project, financed by the World Bank (WB) at the tune of US$8.7M. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 23, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Beneficiaries Hail Operafrica for Cataract Operation
[The Point]Beneficiaries of the annual cataract operation exercise held at the Gunjur Health Centre at the weekend have applauded the UK-based charitable organisation Operafrica for organising cataract operation exercise in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Sports Ministry to Organise Third 'Sports for Health'
[Daily Observer]The Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will stage the third edition of the 'Sports for Health' programme slated for 7-9 February 2014 at the Serekunda West Mini-Stadium. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Serrekunda Health Centre Case Suffers Setback
[The Point]The case involving Awa Beyai, Awa Sanneh and Ndey Ceesay, nurses at the Serrekunda Health Centre, who were charged with neglect of official duty and abuse of office, before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, could not proceed on 20 January 2014. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Minister Proposes Traditional Medicine Day in Gambia
[Daily Observer]The minister of Health and Social Welfare has proposed that a day be set aside annually to observe "Traditional Medicine Day" in The Gambia as part of efforts to create a platform to showcase further the importance of this component to the advancement of health service delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: MRC Holds Training On Gastroenterology
[The Point]Medical Research Council on Thursday commenced a three-day training for doctors and nurses at the MRC Fajara's Clinical Department. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Jammeh Unveils New Cures for More Diseases As Thousands Turn Up for Seventh Breakthrough Anniversary
[Daily Observer]In his continued medical search to find cure for debilitating ailments that have brought untold sufferings to humanity, the president of the Republic has unveiled new therapies for diseases, such as liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, pile and sickle cell. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR-BDA in 'Harvest Blood' for Bansang Hospital
[Daily Observer]CRR -The Central River Region-Blood Donors Association (CRR-BDA) in collaboration with the Bansang Hospital on Saturday embarked on a blood harvesting exercise for the Bansang Hospital at Dobong Kunda village in Upper Fulladu west district, CRR south. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Hygiene Practices & Food Safety Workshop Held
[Daily Observer]The National Implementation Unit of the Enhanced Integrated Framework under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment in collaboration with International Trade Centre Wednesday held a one day workshop at Baobab Holiday Resort. The workshop brought together stakeholders in the groundnut, cashew and sesame industry amongst others. The awareness forum was funded under the Sector Competitiveness and Export Diversification Project (SCEDP) with the overall aim of creating awareness on (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Charity Set to Raise £10,000 to Tackle Heart Disease in Gambia
[Daily Observer]A United Kingdom based international charity, called the 'Chain of Hope' is poised to raise a staggering £10,000 (ten thousand British pound sterling), approximately D510,000 to support the treatment of Gambian children suffering from life-threatening heart disease, the Daily Observer has gathered. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

West Africa: Gambia Hosts Maiden West Africa Gastroenterology Training
[Daily Observer]The first-ever gastroenterology training in West Africa yesterday kicked-off at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Fajara, bringing together medical experts from different institutions and other establishments within the sub-region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UK Visa Applicants to Undergo TB Testing
[The Point]The United Kingdom Home Office has announced that from December 31, 2013, 'resident of Senegal and any other non-resident applying in Senegal must be tested for tuberculosis (TB)'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - January 17, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: GAMCOTRAP Sensitizes Religious Scholars On FGM
[The Point]The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP) on 13 January 2014 sensitised religious scholars on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at a daylong workshop held at its head office in Kanifing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: NMDA Largesses GPS With Sanitary Items
[Daily Observer]The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) Wednesday donated detergents to the Gambia Prison Service (GPS) to help them keep a healthy environment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Anti-Hunger Crusade
[Daily Observer]Our country is endowed with vast arable land for agriculture. We also have a youthful populace that has the capacity as well as the potentials to till the land for food production. More importantly, we have a leader who has the desire to transform this country into an agro-based food self-sufficient nation. The back-to-the-land call is a clear manifestation. The confidence of the leadership on cabinet's commitment to the country's fight against hunger will no doubt boost the moral of those at the helm of t (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Nana, MOHSW Sensitizes NBR TAC Members
[Daily Observer]Nbr -The National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) on Thursday held a day's sensitization meeting for the members of the North Bank Technical Advisory Committee on the Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Pilot Project. The sensitization was held at Juffureh in Upper Nuimi North Bank Region (NBR). Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Abdou Jammeh, the director of Essau Health Region underscored the importance the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare attaches to effective service delivery in maternal and child nutrition. He (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GFPA Conducts Tot On Family Planning, Others
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA) recently held a two-day training of trainers (TOT) for differently abled persons on Family planning, STI's prevention and HIV/AIDS. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) mainly funded the training, which brought together participants across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 13, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news