HEALTH

MOSQUITO BED NETS: SENE-GAMBIA

 

Purchased and distributed approximately 21,500 pre-treated mosquito bed nets to many areas of Senegal in addition to offering malaria prevention education. The medical director reports that there has been a drastic decrease in the number of malaria cases that are being diagnosed in the area. Distribution extends far beyond the initial targeted area of Rufisque to many regions of the country and to the Gambia.

 

DIOKOUL KHER MEDICAL CENTER

Diokoul Kher Medical Center serves over 17,000 residents annually with little support from the government. Our funding has been helpful in providing medicine for the poor people of this community. Project Safety Nets also provided equipment and supplies for a 20-bed maternity ward at the Diokoul Kher Medical Center in Rufisuqe. The building has sat empty for many years while expecting mothers and their newborns continued to face challenges of childbirth. Since its inception, there has been thousands of babies delivered without complications to mother or child. This institution has also created jobs for local residents. One resident shared, "Every night i pass by the maternity ward and see the light on , I remember and pray for you because this has truly been a blessing to our community." The maternity ward continues to function to this day. Each month, they assist with approximately 40 healthy births. During the month of September, there is usually an excess of 60 healthy births at the center. Recently, Project Safety Nets purchased a 30- liter sterilizer for the medical center. Madame Diagana reported that the staff has been challenged with sterilizing the medical equipment since the original sterilizer that was donated in 2010 has been broken. She is confident that having this piece of equipment will help to keep the population healthy and promote less risk of transferable diseases.

SANITATION PROJECT

While delivering mosquito bed nets in 2012, we came across a dumping ground in the middle of a neighborhood where children live, play, and learn. The Rotary Club of Plymouth, MN decided to do something about it in order to continue our work with malaria prevention and education.

Part I of this project was the recycling training in the Gambia. We took a group of women from that community to the women’s Skill Center in Njau, Gambia to learn about recycling and establishing a women’s cooperative. While in Gambia, the Senegalese team offered malaria prevention education as well as delivered mosquito bed nets from house to house. 

Part II is the clean up efforts. Led by community activist Isatou Mar, community members, young and old, came out to participate in these efforts. The police are enforcing a no dumping policy for that area. The women who were trained are educating the community about recycling and trash collection. Several community clean ups have been held since the inception of this project. People from neighboring communities have borrowed the equipment to use for cleaning of their community. Garbage cans have been purchased to help residents in keeping the areas client.

Part III is purchasing transportation (horse and cart) to execute a garbage collection in the neighborhood along with recycling education for community members continue. The horse will also be used to make money so that this project will be sustainable. The horse met with tragedy and has died. The women sold the carriage and purchased chairs which they now rent out to the community for celebrations.

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THE POWER OF GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Bolo Diallo is a nurse from Senegal who currently resides in Minnesota. Bolo and I met over eight years ago, which was when I learned about her experience with malaria. Twice Bolo has returned to her home village in Kanel to host a medical clinic from her mother’s house. She teaches the local women about high blood pressure and diabetes prevention, and how to perform self-breast examinations. On both occasions Project Safety Nets have been able to purchase and deliver mosquito bed nets for distribution to pregnant women. After the clinic, the Mayor of Kanel expressed his gratitude for Bolo’s hard work and the positive impact our collaboration has had on the residents. 

MEDICAL MISSIONS

The team for PSN has included medical doctors from the USA. Hundreds of residents have been examined and treated by these doctors at no cost. The medical team is also made up of local doctors and residents. During these medical missions, medicine along with mosquito bed nets and malaria prevention education is provided to the patients for free. Now PSN engages local Senegalese doctors to be a part of the medical team.

Sene-Gambia Connections

We have formed a partnership with Hand in Health, which is an organization that serves in Gambia promotion health and literacy. Through this collaboration, residents from Senegal have received sustainability and recycling training at the Skills Center in Njau, Gambia. While in Gambia, PSN members trained residents on malaria prevention as they delivered pre-treated mosquito bed nets.

Used Eye Glasses

Throughout the year, donations of used eyeglasses are collected. When in Senegal, and Gambia, residents have the opportunity to select glasses that allows them to see better. Several hundreds of  glasses have been distributed over the years. For the people of Senegal who struggle to make a daily living, having corrective lens is a luxury. One of the distributions that were held this week was at the Diokoul Kher Medical Center. Madame Diajaugna reported that there were over 200 people gathered at the Medical Center before 7:00 am in order to receive eye glasses. At this one event, we distributed between 500- 600 pairs of glasses. Men and women from all walks of life, including Imams, community leasers teachers , nurses, etc. came out to be benefactors of this gift. In 2017, there were over 1,500 glasses delivered in Senegal.

THE POWER OF 20/20 VISION

The missions team take time out to visit and minister to the lepers in Senegal. These are outcaste citizens who are desperately in need of love and resources to for their daily living. PSN provides personal care items including vitamins, pain relief medication, and pray for these individuals. 

Bags of Hope

Each year personal care items are collected and packaged into Bags of Hope. Hundreds of Bags of Hope have been distributed to residents to help brighten their day and lift their spirits.

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