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Gambia: 'Donating Blood Is Everyone's Social Responsibility'
[Daily Observer]Sheriffo Jagne, the deputy director of the National Public Health Laboratory has said that blood donation is harmless and safe, noting that it is everyone's social responsibility to donate blood that could be used to save the lives of their fellow human beings. According to him, if one donates blood it maybe used by the same person, meaning, "today's donor may be tomorrow's recipient." Jagne made these statements during the second anniversary celebration of the Blood Donors Association of Sukuta (BDAS) on (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: C.I.D Officer Concludes Testimony in Four Brikama Nurses Trial
[Foroyaa]The defence counsel concluded cross examining the fourth prosecution witness at the trial of four nurses, formerly at Brikama Health Centre, at Brikama Magistrates' Court yesterday 14th April, 2014. The trial proceeded before the Principal Magistrate Dayoh M. Small Dago. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: YCFAC and BYA Commemorate World TB Day
[The Point]Your Change for A Change (YCFAC), in partnership with Bawrigal Youth Association, Sunday commemorated World Tuberculosis (TB) Day in Penyem village, West Coast Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Three Nurses Acquitted
[The Point]Magistrate Dayoh M. Small-Dago of the Brikama magistrates' court yesterday acquitted and discharged Ensa Jarju, Adama Danso and Fatou Sonko, former nurses at the Brikama health centre of the all the charges against them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: SBDA Commemorates Second Anniversary
[The Point]The Sukuta Blood Donors Association Saturday celebrated their 2nd anniversary after 24 months of successful blood donation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CID Officer Cross-Examined in Four Nurses Trial
[The Point]Momodou L. Jallow, a detective officer, was Monday cross-examined in the trial involving four former nurses of the Brikama health centre, at the Brikama magistrates' court before principal magistrate Dayoh M. Small-Dago. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 1.8 Million People Died of Aids-Related Illnesses, Mayor Colley
[The Point]Mayor Yankuba Colley of the Kanifing Municipality Council has revealed that in 2009, 2.6 million people worldwide became newly infected with HIV, and 1.8 million people died of Aids-related illnesses. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 15, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: African Ministers of Health Meet in Angola
[The Point]African ministers of health are attending a conference jointly convened by the African Union Commission and World Health Organisation, which got under way in Luanda, Angola, on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Hypertension and Diabetes Are Wreaking Havoc in the Gambia
[Foroyaa]Alieu Jobe, 42 and unemployed, who lives in Serekunda, the country's largest urban settlement, used to complain about dizziness, headaches and palpitations, according to his best friend, Assan Joof, a 45-year-old primary school teacher. In the last twelve months he visited the hospital four times and each time was diagnosed and treated for malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Gambia Bans Airline Passengers From Freetown, Monrovia, Conakry
[The Point]The Gambian authorities have ordered four airline companies operating in The Gambia, "not to pick up passengers in Freetown, Monrovia and Conakry as inbound passengers to Banjul." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Gambia Bans Flights From Liberia, Guinea
[NEWS]Gambia has banned all aircrafts from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea following reports of Ebola outbreak in the three West African countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: HIV and Aids Strategic Plan for 2015 - 2020 Validation in Progress
[Foroyaa]The National Aids Secretariat (NAS), in collaboration with its partners, is conducting a three day validation workshop on the 2015-2020 strategic plans for the delivery of HIV and Aids in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: New Director Vows to Make EFSTH Among West Africa's Best
[Daily Observer]The Syrian-born chief medical director of the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) has pledged his commitment to improving the condition of the main referral hospital in the country so that it can become one of the best in the West African sub-region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Ten-Month-Old Baby Needs Overseas Medical Treatment
[The Point]The family of a ten-month-old baby of Brikama New Town is seeking urgent overseas treatment for their daughter Ida Kah who has developed cough and fast breathing since her delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GFPA, Yam Embarks On Exchange Visit
[The Point]Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA) and Youth Action Movement (YAM) recently embarked on a three-day exchange visit to Bwiam funded by the UNFPA. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 10, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia to Observe National Natural Medicines Day Every 17th Jan
[Daily Observer]Lawmakers at the National Assembly Monday adopted a motion that called for the observance of the National Natural Medicines Day every 17th January. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Youths Sensitised On HIV, Dangers of Illicit Drugs
[Daily Observer]A total of 30 young men and women footballers in the West Coast Region were recently sensitised on HIV/AIDS and the dangers associated with the use of illicit drugs. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Mother Testifies in Daughter's Pregnancy Case
[Daily Observer]Mariama Camara, resident of Ebo Town, Tuesday testified in a rape and impregnation case involving her biological daughter at the Special Criminal Court, presided over by Justice Amadi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 9, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Access to improved water and sanitation varies widely within sub-Saharan Africa
Access to improved drinking water and sanitation is highly variable within individual countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new study. Researchers have identified marked geographic inequalities, estimating that coverage of improved drinking water supply varied from as low as 3.2% in some districts of Somalia to as high as 99.0% in urban populations in Namibia, while access to improved sanitation ranged from 0.2% in parts of Chad to close to 100% in Gambia. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 9, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gambia: Food Business Operators to Register, Have Licence
[The Point]The Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) of The Gambia, under the Office of the President in Banjul, will soon start the registration and licensing of all firms and individuals involved in the business of food and animal feed in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 35 Communities in URR Declared Open Defecation Free Environment
[Daily Observer]Basse -Last Thursday was a special day for communities in the Upper River Region, as it was the day when 35 of them declared open defecation-free (ODF) environment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UK Based Gambian Doctor Donates Medical Items Worth D144,000 to EFSTH
[Daily Observer]Baboucarr Cham, a Gambian medical Doctor based in the United Kingdom on Monday presented medical items worth D144, 000 (one hundred and forty-four thousand dalasi) to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: January 17 Declared Traditional Natural Medicines Day
[The Point]The National Assembly sitting in Banjul on Monday adopted a motion to declare January 17 in every calendar year as Traditional Natural Medicines Day throughout The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: YCFAC Commemorates World TB Day
[Daily Observer]Your Change for A Change (YCFAC), in partnership with Bawrigal Youth Association Sunday commemorated World Tuberculosis (TB) Day in Penyem village, West Coast Region. Globally, World TB Day, is commemorated on the 24th of March each year. The day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis worldwide and the status of its prevention and control efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress. The event was observed in the fo (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 7, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Govt. Committed to Quality Health Care
[The Point]The Gambia government remains committed to making quality health services available to all citizens regardless of location. Curative services will continue to have attention, but preventive services will continue to be emphasized. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: African First Ladies Committed to Zero New HIV/Aids Infections - Says Madam Jammeh, As She Launches EID/HIV
[Daily Observer]The First Lady of the Republic has reaffirmed that the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) remains committed to the global vision of getting to zero discrimination, zero new HIV infection and AIDS related diseases. She noted that their campaign to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies is at a particularly crucial moment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 4, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Ebola - Two Persons Samples Tested 'Negative'
[The Point]The ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul has revealed that the tests for Ebola at the regional reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, were "negative, meaning Ebola virus has been ruled out". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: No Ebola Cases At Sukuta but Some Patients Under Observation At Brikama
[Foroyaa]Following the recent announcement of Ebola virus outbreak in the Sub-Saharan Region of Africa by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Foroyaa has mounted a trip to some health centres to find out from the authorities if there has been any case of the most talked about disease at this moment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Two Persons Isolated, Samples Being Tested for Ebola
[The Point]The ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul has revealed that two persons, who arrived in the country from Guinea, have been placed in an isolation ward and their samples taken for testing for Ebola at the regional reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Jiffarong Health Centre Begins Operations
[Daily Observer]A newly built health facility in Jiffarong village in the Kiang West district of the Lower River region has begun operations, following the deployment of a nurse and a midwife by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'No Confirmed Case of Ebola in Gambia' - Two Suspected Cases Declared Negative
[Daily Observer]To date, no confirmed case of Ebola has been reported in The Gambia, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has disclosed Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia/Liberia: U-20 Seek Medical Advice in Wake of Suspected Ebola Virus Saga in Liberia
[Foroyaa]Amid reports of 80 deaths over the spread of deadly ebola virus and seven reported suspected cases in Liberia, the Gambia U-20s have understandably sought medical advice ahead of their departure to Monrovia, Foroyaa Sport can reveal. The Young Scorpions are expected to leave the shores of the country tomorrow with the first-leg Caf youth championship, but the spread of the ebola virus -said to be the worst case in seven years in Guinea and Liberia- have inevitably raised concerns with neighbouring West Afr (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: MRC Gambia to Incorporate ING
[Daily Observer]The Medical Research Council International Nutrition Group (MRC ING) will become fully integrated into the MRC Unit, The Gambia with effect from yesterday, 1 April 2014, information sent to the Daily Observer has disclosed. The Unit said this move followed ING's successful bid for renewed funding for a period 2014-2019. "Nutrition will become a fourth theme within The Gambia Unit and will continue to be led by Professor Andrew Prentice. The merger is intended to build upon the many synergies that already e (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Rojalnu On HIV/Aids Sensitisation Through Sports
[Daily Observer]The Pan African Youth Leadership Network (PAYN) "ROJALNU" Gambia chapter recently begun a nationwide sensitisation campaign on the prevention of HIV/AIDS through sports. The campaign is a follow up to the recently launched project called Protect the Goal Campaign Project with the theme "Zero new HIV infection, Zero no discrimination, Zero AIDS related death." Through this campaign, the organisation organised a three-day football tournament held in Bakau where Kacikally was crowned champions after a 5-4 pos (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia/Liberia: U-20 Team Doctor Assures Players Ebola Safety
[Daily Observer]The team doctor of the Gambia U-20 side has assured of the players safety from the Ebola disease ahead of the team's first leg African Youth Championship qualifier in Liberia this weekend after the West African country reported cases of the disease. Kalifa Manneh was speaking to Observer Sports Alieu Ceesay Tuesday evening during the team's final test game with the local-based scorpions at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama. "That is true that the Ebola disease is in Liberia but it has nothing to do with (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'The Gambia Is Yet to See Any Case of Ebola Infection'-Says Health Communication Manager
[Foroyaa]As alarm gripped people in countries bordering Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia where the deadly Ebola virus is reported to be spreading and claiming lives, the health officials in the Gambia want to allay fears that the situation is under control and that they have taken all the necessary precautions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: WB Approves Millions to Strengthen Gambia's Health Care, Others
[Daily Observer]The World Bank's board of executive directors has approved a grant to help The Gambia strengthen primary health care services and improve community nutrition for the country's most vulnerable children and women, the multilateral agency has announced in a press release. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: World Tuberculosis Day 2014 How Dangerous Is Tuberculosis (TB) Disease
[The Point]World Tuberculosis Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. Today tuberculosis causes the deaths of about 1.7 million people each year, mostly in the Third World.[1] (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 1, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Press Release On Ebola Virus
[Foroyaa]The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on the 23 March 2014 issued a press release to inform the general public of the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The release stated "the general public is hereby informed that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is fully aware of the situation and closely monitoring it." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

MRC Unit, The Gambia to incorporate MRC International Nutrition Group
The MRC International Nutrition Group (MRC ING) will become fully integrated into the MRC Unit, The Gambia with effect from 1 April 2014. (Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases)
Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases - April 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Highlights Gains Registered in TB Control
[Daily Observer]The National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has highlighted the significant strides made by the country in the area of Tuberculosis control and prevention. This was disclosed during a press briefing held at the Health Ministry, in commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 31, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Protect the Goal Campaign' Launched
[The Point]'Protect the Goal Campaign', which focuses on the fights against HIV/AIDS through sports was Wednesday launched in The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Protect the Goal Campaign Project Launched
[Daily Observer]The Pan African Youth Network (PAYN) ROJALNU on Wednesday launched the Protect the Goal Campaign Project on the theme- "Zero new HIV infection, Zero no discrimination, Zero aids- related death." The launching ceremony, which was funded by the UNFPA, was held at the Alliance Franco-Gambenne. Speaking at the event, Lamin Marong, the country coordinator of ROJALNU, said that ROJALNU is a Pan-African Youth Leadership Network that aims to realise the achievements of the MDGs. The vision of the group, he said, i (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Traditional Medicine
[Daily Observer]We wish to join the World Transnational Trust in encouraging the Gambian leader to continue with, and expand his alternative treatment programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: More Strategies Considered to Prevent Ebola in Gambia
[Daily Observer]Health stakeholders in The Gambia have stepped-up more efforts and strategies to prevent the highly contagious Ebola disease from entering The Gambia, after its deadly outbreak in the neighbouring West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Officials of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Wednesday organised another meeting at the former's head office along Kairaba Avenue to follow up on recommendations for a strong sensitisation p (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Wards'sensitisation On Malaria Prevention, Control Ends
[Daily Observer]The Health Promotion and Development Organisation (HePDO) recently ended a two-day Malaria prevention and control sensitisation for 22 ward representatives in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR). Funded by the Global Fund's Malaria component, through the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the sensitisation aims to equip the participants with the required knowledge and skills on the prevention and control strategies of Malaria; a red blood cell infection, caused by a parasite protozoa, called Plasmodium from a fe (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - March 27, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: TB Prevalence Survey Findings Revealed
[The Point]There is still significant undetected TB in The Gambia; TB in The Gambia is predominantly urban-based where most of the population resides; and,TB is a bigger problem for men. These are some of the findings of a nation-wide TB prevalence survey. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Upper Badibou Clinch HIV/Aids Tourney
[The Point]Upper Badibou have been crowned champions of the HIV and Aids football tournament after defeating Jokadou 14 - 13 on post-matchpenalty shootout, after the regulation time failed to produce a winner in a well-contested final game played at the Kerewan Football Field, North Bank Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: WB Supports Efforts to Boost Nutrition and Health Care for Women and Young Children
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a grant to help The Gambia strengthen primary health care services and improve community nutrition for the country's most vulnerable children and women. The project is expected to reach approximately 183,000 children under five and 180,000 women aged 15-49 years, yielding a total of 363,000 beneficiaries by 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Farafenni Wins HIV/Aids Awareness Football Tournament
[Daily Observer]Nbr -A Farafenni football team representing Upper Badibou district won the HIV/AIDS football awareness tournament organised by the North Bank regional AIDS Office in partnership with the US Peace Corps following a 14-13 post-match penalty shootout defeat of Jokadu after a goalless. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news