Gambia: GFPA Capacitates Youths On Reproductive Health
[The Point]The Gambia Family Planning Association of Njaba Kunda branch in the North Bank Region recently held a two-day sensitization on sexual reproductive health, safer sex and effect of teenage pregnancy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Govt Poised to End Public Smoking
[The Point]A ceremony to launch the ban on public smoking, advertising and sponsoring of tobacco in The Gambia was held recently at Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital (JFPH) in Bundung. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New director roles for the MRC in Africa
Professor Umberto DÂ’Alessandro has been appointed Director of the MRC Unit in The Gambia. (Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases)
Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: NEAPACOH Report On Reproductive Health, Family Planning Adopted
[Daily Observer]Deputies on Monday considered and adopted the report of the Meeting of Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health' (NEAPACOH) on the theme; "Reproductive Health and Family Planning in the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Framework", held in Kampala, Uganda from the 16th to 20 September, 2013. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - December 18, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR Deputy Governor Calls for Youth Involvement in the Fight Against HIV/Aids
[Daily Observer]Crr -The deputy governor of the Central River Region Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara has described the role of youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS as crucial and called for their involvement in the crusade. Camara made the remark in commemoration of the World Aids day celebration in Bansang, Upper Fulladu west district, CRR South. The theme for this year's celebration is "getting to zero" as selected by the World Aids Campaign (WAC). The new theme, that will define stakeholders intervention until 2015, echoes the U (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Minister Warns Against Professional Misconduct
[Daily Observer]The minister of Health and Social Welfare has issued a stern warning to the staff of the entire medical fraternity against professional misconduct in the execution of their duties in health facilities, saying anyone found wanting will be dealt with accordingly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 17, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UN Staff, Families Discuss Relevant Issues On Aids
[Daily Observer]The United Nation (UN) staff and families in the Gambia on Saturday convened a daylong sensitization seminar, dubbed 'UN Cares in the workplace' programme for its staff and their families to discuss issues relating to HIV and AIDs. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Breast Cancer Surgery Institute for Gambia 2014
[Daily Observer]A renowned Moroccan breast cancer surgeon and a legal practitioner Thursday announced plans to establish the first ever Breast Cancer Surgery Institute in the country by October 2014. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 14, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Lend a Hand Society Observes World Aids Day
[The Point]Lend A Hand Society on 4 December 2013 joined the rest of the world to observe World Aids Day, at the American Corner, Comium building, on Kairaba Avenue. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 12, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: BCC Observes World Aids Day
[Daily Observer]Banjul City Council (BCC) recently joined the rest of the international community to celebrate the World AIDS Day (WAD) at the 22nd July Square in Banjul, on the theme, 'Getting to Zero'. As part of activities marking the day the Municipal AIDS Committee of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) and BCC conducted series of activities geared towards advocacy and awareness creation. The activities include an open field day at the July 22nd Square, which brought together religious leaders, councilors, youths, schoo (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 12, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Launches Eight Million Maternal, Child Nutrition Project
[Daily Observer]The Gambia government Wednesday launched a US$8M (eight million United States dollars) Results Based Financing (RBF) of a maternal and child nutrition and health pilot project. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Towards a Tobacco-Free Society
[Daily Observer]It is indeed good seeing the health ministry building stakeholder capacity on tobacco ceasation. Cognizant of the health and economic effects of tabacco, the significance of such a forum cannot be overemphasized. It is obvious that every conscious human being, even those addicted to tobacco, are aware that tobacco usage and smoking are very dangerous, leading to a wide variety of diseases, cancer and death. Health Statistics indicate that more than 5 million children living today will die prematurely becau (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GAMCOTRAP Sensitises Communities On FGM
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) on Thursday concluded a three-day community sensitization on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at Brikama Kabafita Nursery School in West Coast Region (WCR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 11, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Minister - Tobacco Causes Over 40 Diseases
[Daily Observer]The Health and Social Welfare minister has highlighted the devastating effects of tobacco use, revealing that it causes over 40 diseases, many of them fatal or disabling. He disclosed that smoking is responsible for over 90% of all lung cancer, 75% of chronic bronchitis and emphysema and nearly 25% of ischemic heart diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 11, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Food Production for Nutrition and Health
[Foroyaa]Those who consume groundnuts should bear in mind that mouldy nuts have aflatoxin that could cause liver cancer. Many people who sell groundnut butter should be very careful in selecting the nuts they grind to make the butter. They should ensure that no mouldy nut is roasted. Researchers have discovered that liver cancer is increasing in countries that have staples such as maize and groundnuts because of the failure to take note of the dangers of mouldy nuts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 11, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Women Leaders Resolve to Engage Peers, Communities to Abandon FGM
[The Point]About a hundred and fifty women leaders, youths and women of reproductive age in Kombo Central, West Coast Region, have expressed their resolve to meaningfully engage their peers and communities on the need to abandon Female Genital Mutilation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 10, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UN Staff and Families Sensitized On Co-Operative Techniques
[The Point]Members of the United Nations staff residing in The Gambia alongside with their families gathered at the weekend at SunSwing Beach Resort for a daylong sensitization on HIV in the workplace. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 9, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: NSGA Holds Inter-Schools Drama Competition On HIV/Aids Prevention
[The Point]The Nova-Scotia Gambia Association, in collaboration with ActionAid International The Gambia, at the weekend held a daylong inter-schools drama competition on HIV/AIDS and life skills involving selected senior and upper basic schools in Region 5, at Armitage Senior Secondary School in Janjangbureh, Central River Region south. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 6, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Gee Donates to EFSTH Children's Wards
[Daily Observer]Renowned Gambian rapper Gee and his fan based teamGee, recently extended his benevolence to the Children's Wing at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFTSH in Banjul. In his determination to increase his fan base in the country, the latest move is another positive move on his path to stardom. Meanwhile, the symbolic donation is timely taking into account the preparations in high gear ahead of Christmas festivities. The children at the pediatric and nutrition wards at the said hospital (EFSTH) now (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Over D.02 Million Medical Boost for Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital
[Daily Observer]A Belgian charity - Medios through the Ostend Municipality and the Banjul City Council (BCC) Wednesday presented medical items worth over D200, 000 to the management of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GRCS Hands Over Medical Items to Health Ministry
[The Point]The Gambia Red Cross Society on Monday held a handing-over ceremony of medical items for 7 health units in Upper River Region at a ceremony held at the Red Cross grounds at Westfield, as part of their implementation of the convention project support by the ACID and Spanish Red Cross Society. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 5, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR Committee Discusses Ways to Increase VCT
[Daily Observer]CRR -The Central River Regional Hiv/Aids Committee recently held a one-day review meeting to discuss ways to increase volunteers going for counselling and testing at Janjangbureh in the Central River Region (CRR). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Eight Million Worth of Donation Boost for Health Sector
[Daily Observer]Officials of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Monday took delivery of a consignment of assorted medical items valued at D8M, donated by The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 5, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: YJAG Humbled in Aids Commemoration Duel
[Foroyaa]Young Journalists' Association of the Gambia bit the dust to Peace Ambassadors in a friendly game in commemoration of World HIV/Aids. The game held, at the Serrekunda West mini-stadium left the young pen-pushers beaten 2-1 with Ebrima Sonko's opener and Pa Omar Touray's effort from the spot-kick wrecking the journalists' hopes. Peace Ambassadors snatched the lead with a well aimed effort from the edge of the box past a bewildered YJAG goalkeeper Sainey Marenah. With pressure piling frequently at YJAG's bac (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: WFP's Over 40-Year Support of School Feeding Programme Hailed
[Daily Observer]Basse -The Community Development officer of the World Food Programme (WFP) for West Coast Region (WCR) has noted that the WFP over 40-year support of the school feeding programme in The Gambia continued to play a significant role in increasing enrollment and enhancing retention in early childhood development centres and basic education cycle. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UNICEF Rep Supervises Vaccination Campaign
[Daily Observer]The UNICEF representative in The Gambia, Josefa Marrato on Saturday went round with her team, along with the WHO delegation to Sukuta, Serrekunda and Fajikunda health centres to supervise the ongoing Meningitis vaccination campaign in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Journalists Briefed On Food Safety and Quality Act 2011
[The Point]Dozens of journalists drawn from both the print and electronic media were last Wednesday briefed on Food Safety and Quality Act 2011 at the NaNA conference hall in Kanifing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Nationwide Meningitis Vaccination Campaign Underway
[The Point]The Gambia is witnessing a nationwide vaccination campaign against meningitis targeting people between 1 and 29 years of age. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CIAM Holds Press Briefing On RHCS Survey
[The Point]CIAM Public Health Research and Development Centre, in collaboration with the UNFPA, recently convened a press briefing at its office in Kanifing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gov't Lifts Ban On Chicken Legs Importation
[Daily Observer]The government of The Gambia has announced Thursday that it was lifting its five-month long ban on the importation of chicken legs into the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Infertility, HIV/Aids Patients Urged to Report to Kanilai Clinic
[Daily Observer]The director general of the President's Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP), Dr. Tamsir Mbowe has urged that all those who registered for the infertility treatment are to meet at the Kanilai Alternative Clinic in Bakau on Tuesday, December 3rd at 10am. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 2, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Meningitis Vaccination Campaign
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 2, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Woman dies of malaria after holiday
A Lancashire woman dies of malaria after she and her husband contracted the disease on holiday in The Gambia, west Africa. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: Triple-D Foundation Sensitizes Students On HIV/Aids Prevention
[The Point]Triple-D Foundation, a local initiative on awareness creation on HIV/AIDS and other killer diseases, at the weekend held a daylong sensitization seminar on HIV/AIDS prevention techniques for schoolchildren at the National Nutrition Agency on Bertil Harding highway. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 28, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Report - About 70,000 Adolescents Die of Pregnancy, Childbirth
[Daily Observer]The 2013 World Population Report of the United Nations Fund for Population Affairs' (UNFPA) has indicated that based on a UNICEFF research in 2008, about 70,000 adolescents in developing countries die annually of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The report also quoted a completed 2012 World Health Organisation (WHO) research, which indicated that complications of pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for older adolescent females. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 28, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Turkey, Three Others to Know Fate On World Expo 2020 Bid Tomorrow
[Daily Observer]The host city of the 2020 World Expo will be determined tomorrow, Wednesday in Paris, France, when the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE), which oversees the organisation of events announce the outcome of the process that saw the Republic of Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Russia in a stiff competition. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Training for Village Health Workers in Crr Held
[Daily Observer]Crr -The Regional Health Management Team (RHMT) of the Central River Region (CRR) on Sunday concluded two-week refresher training for the Village Health Workers (VHWs) on the concept of Primary Health Care (PHC) at the RHMT resource centre in Bansang, Upper Fulladu west. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Woman Delivers On Road Outside Serekunda Health Centre
[Foroyaa]A pregnant woman in her late thirties and a resident of Kotu, who was experiencing the pangs of labour, was rushed to the Serekunda Health Centre on Sunday morning, yesterday, 17 November, but on arrival she was referred to the Serekunda General Hospital in Kanifing by a senior nurse on duty. According to an eye witness, the pregnant woman was escorted by her aunt and was told that the Health Centre is not the appropriate place for her to deliver her baby. The source explained that the moment the two left (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 19, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Anger Over Woman Left to Deliver Outside Serrekunda Clinic
[The Point]There was growing anger yesterday at the Serrekunda clinic, when women stormed the clinic to vent their anger over the attitude of two nurses, who reportedly left a woman to deliver outside of the clinic premises. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 18, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Veep Says Health Is a Priority for National Development
[Daily Observer]The vice president and Women's Affairs minister has again described health as the first priority before any other human activity, underscoring that this is the reason why President Jammeh has placed high emphasis on the health sector for sustainable development. Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy was speaking Thursday morning at her office at State House during a meeting with a seven-member medical personnel from the Humanity Fist International-UK and their Gambian counterparts. The health team, comp (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Malaria Patient' Commits Suicide
[Daily Observer]A man said to be plagued by cerebral malaria Monday night hanged himself in his room. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 12, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Ministry Supports Edward Francis Hospital With Over D1.9 Million
[Daily Observer]The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare recently supported the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital with medical equipment and essential drugs worth over D1.9M. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 6, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Mercy Ship Prepares Gambia Surgery
[Daily Observer]A fact-finding mission comprising of four medical officials from the Mercy Ship Monday arrived The Gambia to prepare the grounds ahead of a planned free medical surgery of cleft lip and palate, expected to be carried in March, next year, by a team of 30 medical practitioners from the humanitarian vessel. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 6, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Second Chance Holds Final Campaign Against Smoking and Drug Abuse
[Foroyaa]The Second Chance, The Gambia, held its eighth and final awareness campaign against smoking and drug abuse at Father Farrell Hall at Westfield on Friday, 25 October, 2013. The event was part of the series of awareness raising activities they have undertaken with funding from the US Embassy in The Gambia. In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Joseph Hassan, the Executive Director of Second Chance, The Gambia, expressed happiness that the program has finally come to a successful end. He said they had embarked on suc (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Vendors Unhappy With Uncollected Rubbish Heap At Sandika
This reporter visited the site of the rubbish heap on October 26 , 2013, and saw the heap of rubbish was still piled up at the said site uncollected. One Fatoumatta Manneh, a vendor at the busy market, expressed their dismay that the authorities have not cleaned up the rubbish since the Tobaski feast. "We used to eat near the heap of rubbish and yo (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Bansang Resident Raises Concerns Over Drinking Water
[Foroyaa]On Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013, a resident of Bansang walked into the offices of the Foroyaa to lodge a concern regarding the poor quality of drinking water provided by the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) for Bansang for the past years. Mr. Jallow who brought along a sample of the water from Bansang that looked murky said he has been resident in Bansang for the past one year or so and he has found the people of Bansang consuming what he described as 'red' water which he thinks is unfit for h (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Observes Global Hand Washing Day
[Foroyaa]The Gambia joins the international community to commemorate Global Hand-washing Day, which is observed globally each year on October 15. Global Hand washing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap and water at critical times especially after using the toilet and before eating. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness on Hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. According to the statement issued by the Ministry of H (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UN Is a Key Partner to Gov't's Zero Malnutrition Goal - Foreign Minister
[Daily Observer]The United Nations (UN) is a key partner in government's quest to realise the goal of zero malnutrition in The Gambia, says the Foreign Affairs minister. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 28, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Workers Trained On Rapid Diagnostic Test
[Daily Observer]Crr -The Central River Regional Health Management Team recently concluded a three-day training workshop for village health workers on the use of the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), which closing ceremony was held at the Regional Health Resource Centre in Bansang, Upper Fulladu West district. The Global Fund, through the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), funded the training. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 28, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: AAITG Hands Over Pick Up to Worldview the Gambia
[The Point]Action Aid International The Gambia under the Global Fund HIV/AIDS Round 8 on Wednesday handed over 4 x 4 double cabin pick up to Worldview The Gambia at a ceremony held at Action Aid head office in Kanifing. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 25, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news