Health Ministry signs MoU with 2 ahead of Medical, Dental Mission to Gambia

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Gambia’s ministry of health and social welfare has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Medical Relief (IMR) and Big Dreams Inc. (BDI) for the upcoming medical and dental mission due in the country in September.

IMR and BDI are due to bring licensed team of medical and dental professionals and health educators to The Gambia in September to provide health care and health education.

Minister Saffie Lowe-Ceesay signed the agreement on behalf of her ministry, while Shauna King, founder and chief executive officer of IMR and Domique Cherif-Sonko, founder and chief executive officer of BDI, signed on behalf of their respective institutions.

The team is expected to offer free medical, dental and health education outreaches including vaccination clinics and mass screening for TB, HIV, and common chronic condition. They are also expected to provide important drugs and medical supplies and equipment needed for the mission.

Amy Jordheim, chairperson of IMR medical advisory board earlier this year visited The Gambia at the invitation of the health ministry to discuss the IMR and Big Dreams partnership with the ministry.

Pa Lamin Sawo of Big Dreams Gambia chapter, thanked The Gambia Government particularly the health ministry for the partnership.

The health ministry targets to provide quality health care services in The Gambia within an enabling environment, delivered by appropriately and adequately trained, skilled and motivated personnel at all levels of care with the involvement of all stakeholders to ensure a healthy population.

International Medical Relief (IMR) is a registered 501(c)(3) medical organization with NGO status based in the United States of America that provide mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to underserved communities in 57 countries around the world.

Big Dreams, Inc. is an innovative, creative, and cutting edge 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to creating educational opportunities for children and youth in the United States and the Republic of Gambia to live a healthier lifestyle, thus contributing to an improved quality of life for youth and families.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb