Sintet Medical Centre
Oumie is 5 years old. She shares a 2 roomed house with 15 other people. They have no electricity or clean, running water. Her family live on less than £2 a day; if she is lucky she has one meal a day. During the rainy season the house is often flooded which means that some nights they stand up all night as they have nowhere to sleep. The stagnant water increases her risk of catching Malaria. Oumie’s brother died of typhoid and three of her friends currently have Malaria. They could not afford the 7p needed to get medical help.
Mariama was 10 years old, she was sent home from school with a stomach upset. Unable to afford any medical care she died the following day.
6 year old Neneh, also complained of her stomach hurting. She did not return to school as she tragically died 3 days later.
Mulang Kujabi Mulang is a midwife at Sintet Medical Centre. He works very long hours and is very often the only midwife available in Sintet. The nearest hospital is 35km away which many people are unable to get to. The clinic provides antenatal and postnatal care, an immunisation programme, child health services, and family planning. Mulang can deliver up to 30 babies a month.
Fatou Jallow Fatou is a midwife at Kanifing Family Planning Centre. They provide family planning advice, antenatal and postnatal care and a range of child health care services
Both Mulang and Fatou are working in very basic conditions with very few resources.
On one of our visits to Sintet Medical Centre we met a baby girl who had been born only 10 hours earlier. Her mother was very ill after having given birth and she was unable to feed the baby. There was no formula milk available in Sintet so we immediately drove to several nearby villages to find some milk, but were not able to find any. Fortunately the midwife at the clinic managed to get mum to feed baby and next morning one of our Gambian friends did the 3 hour journey to Sintet with milk. Mum and baby ‘Natalie’ (named after Natalie the Neo Natal Nurse who was with us on the trip) are now doing well. This situation highlighted to us the need to provide the clinic with the resources and medical supplies needed for such emergencies.
Project Gambia is currently working with medical professionals to supply medical supplies and resources to both centres. We will also be sending baby packs for all new babies born at both centres.
How can you help?
- By donating £10 which we will use to put together a ‘baby pack’
- Donating a ‘baby pack’. Each baby pack will consist of a long sleeve baby suit, long sleeve sleep suits, short sleeve baby suit, 6 nappies, blanket, socks and pack of baby wipes. (all for babies 0-3 months)
- Ovaltine and powdered milk for new mums.
- We are also collecting nappies, baby and children clothes and shoes to distribute in some of the poor communities we work in.
- Donations can also be made online via Give Penny