ChildFund boosts health ministry with medical, pharmaceutical items

Oct 26, 2021, 12:06 PM | Article By: Fatou Bojang

ChildFund The Gambia in partnership with MAP International, an organisation that provides medical and health supplies to the people in need has on Thursday handed over medical and pharmaceutical items to the Ministry of Health. 

ChildFund The Gambia is a non-profit charitable organisation that supports and focuses on children. The 40 foot (40ft) container of medical and pharmaceuticals include examination gloves, assorted surgical gloves, face masks, gowns, amoxicillin tabs and oral suspension, others. 

Speaking at the Central Medical Store in Kotu, Karamba Keita, deputy permanent secretary, Technical, at the Ministry of Health, commended ChildFund for their support, saying institutions like ChildFund recognises that government needs her partners to compliment their efforts. 

While thanking their staffs for their efforts, he assured them that the items will be put into good use, “It will reach people who really need them through our efficient supply chain management in this ministry,” he noted.

Nfamara Dabo, programme and sponsorship director, ChildFund, said their partnership with MAP International has helped them further their mission through the donation of medical and pharmaceuticals. 

These items, he added, are expected to provide quality, affordable and accessible medical health care to the vulnerable children and their families in The Gambia.

“Before any shipment is negotiated, an offer with a list of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals is sent from IO which is further shared with MoH for them to select. The final selected list is then shared with IO for approval which they send to MAP for shipment.” Dabo pointed out 

Fatou Lamin Samateh, principal pharmacist, National Pharmaceutical Services at the Ministry of Health, said ChildFund has been greatly valuable to them over the years, adding that they received a 40 foot container full of essential medical items including Antibiotics, Painkillers, protective equipments, wheel chairs amongst others. 

The contribution, she stated, is useful and for that they are grateful to ChildFund and partners.