Gambia: Gambia to Strengthen Surveillance System for Meningitis
[Daily Observer]The Gambia government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with support from the World Health Organisation on Tuesday concluded five-day training for medical doctors and senior health workers on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), designed to enhance surveillance system of the prevalence of meningitis in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Two Neighbouring Countries With Different Approaches to the HIV/Aids Pandemic
[Foroyaa]"I am in my late thirties. Can you believe it? I used to work for the Area Council and had to leave the job after I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB). I was like skin and bone and had to go through many herbal treatments without seeing any improvement. My family started to distance themselves from me when they suspected that I had contracted HIV/AIDS. I had to go and reside in an unfinished house in the outskirts because of the isolation. I would have died if it were not for this support society that ga (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: U.S. Department of Defense to Present Medical Supplies to GAF
[The Point]Representatives from the U.S. Government will hand over a container of medical equipment and supplies from the U.S-based Benevolent Health Foundation's Project Cure to the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), on 19 March 2014, at Yundum Barracks, stated a press release sent yesterday to The Point by US Embassy in The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health, High On Government's Agenda
[Daily Observer]The most efficient resource for producing the sustainable socio-economic transformation of any nation is a healthy populace. In fact, the health status of the people of any given nation is in itself an indicator of growth and progress since it can be a parameter to gauge the participation of their development process. Already, the rapid expansion of hospitals across the country equipped with modern medical facilities and highly trained doctors, particularly those from Cuba, have greatly improved the health (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: AFPRC General Hospital Boosted With Gambian Doctors
[The Point]The Governor of the North Bank Region, who also doubles as the chairperson of AFPRC General Hospital, has lauded President Yahya Jammeh and the government for the graduation of the first-ever medical doctors from the University of The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: A Two-Day Journalism Training On Health Issues Wraps Up At NaNA
[Foroyaa]The Association of Health Journalists of the Gambia (AOHJ) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare conducted a two-day training for journalists from both the electronic and print media at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) Office along the Bertil Harding Highway in Bakau. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Four Health Workers Face Justice
[Daily Observer]Four health officials at the Brikama Major Health Centre on Tuesday appeared before Magistrate Dego S Dayoh, at the Brikama Magistrates' Courts on three criminal counts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Coco Ocean, ASB Clinic Offer Free Medical Surgery
[Daily Observer]Coco Ocean Resort and Spa in Bijilo in partnership with ASB Clinic recently offered free surgery to over 50 Gambians at the ASB Clinic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 13, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: National HIV/Aids Draft Policy Document 2014 Validated
[The Point]The National Aids Secretariat (NAS), in collaboration with Global Fund, Action-aid, other development partners, and various stakeholders, Tuesday converged at the Baobab Hotel to validate the National Hiv/Aids policy draft document for 2014. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 13, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Food Safety Control Takes New Direction
[The Point]The supervision and control of food safety and hygiene has been given a new impetus by the Gambia government. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Journalists Trained On Health Reporting
[The Point]A four-day training for editors, sub-editors and reporters on health-related issues is underway at the NaNA Conference hall. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Sport for Health to Grow Next Year'
[The Point]Alieu K. Jammeh, Minister of Youth and Sports, has said the 'Sport for Health' event will grow next year, calling on all to prepare fully well for it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: President Jammeh Wishes Alassane Ouattara 'Good Health'
[The Point]The head of state on Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, who is convalescing after an operation in France on Monday received in audience, at his home in Abidjan, emissaries of President Yahya Jammeh, who delivered a message of prayers for Quattara's 'good health'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Jammeh's Commitment to 'Better Healthcare Delivery' Highlighted
[Daily Observer]CRR -The minister for Health and Social Welfare has once again highlighted the importance President Jammeh attaches to better healthcare delivery. Dr. Omar Sey was speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Bakadagie and Jailand villages, where he presented the community with an ambulance in a ceremony held on Sunday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Youth Minister Describes 'Sport for Health' a Success
[Daily Observer]The minister of Youth and Sports has described this year's edition of the 'Sport for Health' programme a success. Alieu Kebba Jammeh was speaking at the Serekunda West mini-stadium Sunday at the end of the three-day event. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Brikama & Soma Health Centres Boosted
[Daily Observer]In their efforts to make preventable diseases history, Your Change for a Change (YCFaC) recently embarked on blood donation, paying medical bills and dishing out food items to patients, at the Brikama and Soma Health Centres, respectively. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UN to Support Gambia Tackle Child Hunger, Under Nutrition'
[Daily Observer]The United Nations System in The Gambia, in collaboration with the government of The Gambia has expressed its interest to support the latter through Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and Under Nutrition (REACH) initiative, a press release from its Banjul office has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: A Diabetic Laments the Lack of Insulin
[Foroyaa]Mustapha Jallow a Diabetic Patient Informs Foroyaa That He Has Been to the Main Referral Hospital in Banjul to Access His Medicine Which Is Extremely Crucial to His Survival As a Diabetic, but Could Not Access Insulin. the Desperate Looking Patient Said the Lack of Insulin Injection for Him Can Cause His Death. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Organisers Predict Successful Sports for Health Programme
[Daily Observer]The third edition of the annual 'Sports for Health' event jointly organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Health and Social Welfare Ministry will kick-off today, Friday in the evening. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 26-Year-Old Man Needs Urgent Help
[Daily Observer]Abdoulie Sarr, a 26-year-old man is in need of urgent assistance to undergo overseas eye surgery. According to him, two-weeks after a successful surgery in Taiwan which was sponsored by President Jammeh, he started experiencing another serious problem on the same eye which is even worse than the previous problem. According to reports from Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taiwan where he was admitted last year for surgery, Abdoulie Sarr was presented to their clinic as a result of a three month old painless mass (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Ministers Hail Trust Bank's Positive Response to 'Sport for Health'
[Daily Observer]The Ministers of Youth & Sports, and Health and Social Welfare yesterday hailed Trust Bank Limited for responding positively to the 'Sport for Health' initiative by donating the programme one hundred thousand (D100, 000) ahead of this weekend's event. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Regional Conferees Discuss FGM
[Foroyaa]The Gambia Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices advocating for the rights of women and girls (GAMCOTRAP) and its donors, Save the Children, have engaged religious leaders across the region to critically discuss the misconceptions associated with FGM for the understanding of Islamic believers that the practice should be delinked/defused with Islam. The two day meeting is taking place at the Penchami Hall, at the Paradise Suites Hotel from the 27th -28th of February 2014. The regional dialogue brought (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Seminar On Food Security Analysis 'Using Harmonized Framework' Commerce
[The Point]Planning Services Unit under the department of agriculture in collaboration with CILSS, FAO, WFP Fews-NET and local international NGO, Monday commenced a five-day seminar on food security analysis 'using harmonized framework' at the Baobab Hotel. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: New Nurses Admonished to Be Responsible in Service Delivery
[Daily Observer]A batch of 199 nurses and midwives who recently graduated from the School for Enrolled Nurses and Midwives (SEN) in Bansang were congratulated Saturday for accomplishing their two-year academic programme, but cautioned against "irresponsibility" in the discharge of their duties. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Journalists Briefed On OAFLAA Activities
[Daily Observer]The Organisation of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OAFLAA) Gambia chapter has briefed journalists on its programme of activities, as well as highlighted some of the activities spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady of The Gambia in the fight against AIDS, with special emphasis on prevention on mother-to- child transmission of HIV. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 5, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: NAS Briefs Journalists On PMTC
[The Point]Officials of the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) Wednesday briefed journalists on the activities spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady in the fight against HIV and AIDS with emphasis on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: FSQA Deputy DG - Food Safety Is Our Top Concern
[Daily Observer]The deputy director general of the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) has revealed that food safety in The Gambia is one of her institution's top concerns, saying food safety is not only important to the health of people, but also a major contributor to national economic growth. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Minister Wants All Hands On Deck to Achieve Sector's Targets
[Daily Observer]The Health and Social Welfare minister has called for all hands to be on deck in order to meet the sector's target, calling on the personnel of the Ministry to ensure that quality service is delivered to the masses. Speaking recently during his tour of the health facilities across the country, Minister Omar Sey, who was accompanied by the senior management team of the Ministry, said the government under the leadership of President Jammeh has prioritised the sector on its development agenda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambian Philanthropist Refurbishes Ming-Daw Clinic Outpatient Ward
[Daily Observer]Sulayman Junkung Sawaneh, a Gambian based in Denmark recently handed over the refurbished outpatient ward and waiting shed of Farato Ming-daw health centre at a ceremony held at the centre's grounds. Sawaneh also used the occasion to present a brand new blood pressure machine, TV and a refrigerator to the management of Ming-daw Health Centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gamcotrap Engages Religious Leaders - As They Look Forward to Ending FGM
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (Gancotrap) Thursday held a two-day regional dialogue for religious leaders from four West African countries, held at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi. The forum was held on the theme: 'Engaging religious leaders towards ending Female Genital Mutilation'. The participants were drawn from The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea Conakry. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Sector Receives D2m Medical Boost
[Daily Observer]A consignment of medical items valued at D2M was Wednesday donated to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare by the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Sub-Regional Dialogue to End FGM Opens in Banjul
[The Point]A two-day sub-regional Islamic scholars dialogue to end female genital mutilation, FGM, organised and hosted by Gamcotrap in collaboration with Save the Children is under way in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: URR Residents Concerned About Hospital Tariff Increases
[Foroyaa]Residents of Basse and surrounding villages attending health facilities in URR have expressed their concern over the recent increase in the cost of ticket (user fee for consultation under the drug revolving fund - DRF) from D5 to D25. They consider such increment unjustifiable under the current prevailing situation in all the public health facilities in the country. Expressing his disappointment and concern to this reporter, Degume Sumareh, a resident of Dingiring in the Tumana District of URR said they ca (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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