The Gambia, Wednesday handed over a 20-foot container of MAP International
medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to the government of The Gambia through
the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) for further distribution to
health facilities throughout the country.
Provided through ChildFund’s Gifts in Kind programme, the medical supplies are meant to complement the health ministry’s efforts in providing quality and affordable health services to all.
The gesture is also in line with ChildFund’s programmes, which place emphasis in improving the lives of the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in The Gambia.
Speaking at the handing over held at the Central Medial Store in Kotu, ChildFund country director Musu Kuta Komma said this is not their first time of intervention in Gambia’s health sector, having previously supplied health facilities with medicaments, TOM Shoes and children clothing.
She said the ceremony also reinforces ChildFund’s core intent of helping the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children to have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities.
Madam Komma noted that they are of the strongest conviction that the items will help make a huge difference in their collective efforts to ensure quality, affordable and accessible health care delivery in the country. “Ever since ChildFund The Gambia opened its doors to The Gambian people in 1984, the health sector remains a critical area of focus,” she said, and added “Our responsive or inclusive parenting education programme being implemented in partnership with UNICEF Gambia and Dubai Cares in 30 communities across LRR, CRR and NBR is taking the issue of proper hand washing, clean environment, birth registration, infant welfare services, safe pregnancy and delivery, coupled with regular health check-ups as issues of cardinal importance.”
She said it is their belief that children cannot realise their potentials and achieve their dreams in the absence of quality health care.
Karamba Keita, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare thanked ChildFund The Gambia for the gesture, saying government cannot do it all alone particularly in the health sector.
He said critical among attaining quality health care services is the availability of drugs, and commended ChildFund for complementing government efforts.
Dr. Babanding Sabally, director of pharmaceutical services said their mandate as a ministry is to ensure availability and accessibility of essential medicine at all times, saying this mandate is difficult to reach considering the country’s resource base. “As such, we must look for partners who will provide where government falls short.”
He assured donors that the items will be delivered to deserving beneficiaries as their motto is accountability, transparency and efficiency.