Diaspora Healthcare Initiative (GDHI); a non-government organization of
diaspora Gambians across all continents with headquarters in Maryland USA, has
recently provided a large supply of medical and laboratory equipment to the
Kanifing General and Edward Francis Small Teaching hospitals, amongst other
The organisation was founded in 2017 with a scope to help The Gambia with standard healthcare across all communities by providing medical supplies, education, training, advocacy and support.
President Effie Nyassi-Tallon said they have been providing medical assistance and health facilities in the country for the past years. “Following our 2017 Christmas donation and the visit by some of our directors, it became clear that certain medical laboratory equipment were not available in many health facilities and that has affected their proper functioning and seriously compromised the overall care of the patients.”
She said the donated equipment includes beds, ventilators, ultrasound machine, refrigerators, oxygen concentrators, infusion pumps, IV stands, wheelchairs, bacterial analyser, nebulised machines, microscopes, and patient furniture. “We hope that the devices will provide the resources needed to equip doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians to perform in maximum efficiency for the benefit of patients.”
Mayor of Banjul Rohey Lowe commended the organisation for the support and appealed to beneficiary health facilities to responsibly handle the equipment.
Modou Lamin Jaiteh, Permanent Secretary at the ministry of health assured the donors that his ministry is willing and ready to open her doors for collaboration and partnership with organisations to make their work easy, saying the donated equipment are important to them.