Sunday, June 25, 2017

We are in the process of establishing a medical infrastructure in the Gambia by providing primary medical care as well as obstetrics with intermittent assistance from medical generalists and specialists whose regular practice is located in the United States of America. The backbone of our clinics is made up of Gambian physicians, nurses and other medical staff who will be further supported and receive continuing medical education via our attending staff which is based in Connecticut and New York.

Our Clinics

Our mission is designed as follows:

A Community Health Center Network, which encompasses multiple locations in all of the administrative districts of the Gambia, provides inpatient as well as outpatient medical care for men, women and children. The facilities in this network connect to each other via Mobile Clinic routes which traverse through particularly remote and desolate regions in the provinces, providing care at specifically selected stops along the way.

All of our medical facilities – whether stationary or mobile – provide the same, excellent medical care and also supply to our patients all of the medications needed. This prevents patients, who cannot even get to a doctor or nurse, from having to travel to distant pharmacies trying to obtain medicines they will not likely be able to afford and which often may not be available.

We believe that young medical students and resident physicians must be exposed to environments other than those in which they receive their primary training in order to understand at the deepest level how inequitable and unfair the distribution of medical services truly is in our world. This, we believe, will make them better doctors and also better human beings. To that end, we allow medical students and resident physicians to work with us via a specifically designed Clinical Rotation in Tropical/International Medicine. At each of our sites, these students and residents will also get to work with students from the University of the Gambia, School of Medicine, to engage in a true cultural exchange and mutual learning experience.

We hope that our clinical rotation as well as the experiences inherent in providing care for the truly needy and disenfranchised will change our students and residents forever. We further hope that they will not be able to forget the lessons they learn and that they will be able to carry these lessons forward to change our world and make it a better place for all!

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