The GLOVE Project is very involved with health within the Gambia and works closely with the Ministry of Health with whom we have an M.O.U (Memorandum of Understanding). This is something which is very difficult to achieve and we are honoured to have this strong link and commitment to the Ministry of Health. We also work hand in hand with the Regional Directors of Health across three different regions within the Country.
Although our primary focus is upon the very impoverished North Bank region of the country we also assist across numerous health facilities around the country. We receive various donations of medical supplies which we distribute around various health facilities including the main Hospital at Banjul, Serekunda Hospital, Sakuta Hospital and other health facilities much further afield. Glove completed the health facility in Mariarma Kunda which is now in use. We also built a small clinic in the village of Cheesay and continue to give the majority of our support to Essau Health Centre on the North Bank of the country.
So many things we take for granted are just not available in the Gambian health system:
- Women give birth with nothing more than a paracetamol
- There are no neurological or cardiac facilities
- There is a high incidence of stroke caused by untreated high blood pressure
- Diabetic patients regularly have their lower limbs amputated as a "precaution" as foot care does not exist
- Bandages, dressings and sutures are always in very short supply throughout the country.
We are always in need of medical supplies and equipment which always goes to the neediest areas. Please continue to help in this area.
Volunteers are always needed to help out with health issues and you don't need to be a qualified nurse or doctor to assist us in this crucial area of health in order to make a considerable difference.