Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends - supporting sustainable development in Gambia

Ambulance and Medical Equipment

The clinic serving the village is located in a town called Soma which is about 5 miles from Sankwia. Persons requiring urgent medical attention were forced to walk to the clinic. These would have included women in labour, children and the aged. Often the patient was too ill to make the journey and many died without receiving the appropriate treatment, albeit of a basic nature.

Dafydd, Guto and Huw with the village elders

Through the good offices of three young men, Guto Roberts, Dafydd Griffith and Huw Fforest Owen, an ambulance was purchased and driven to Sankwia as part of the Plymouth to Banjul Rally. Due to terrorist activities in Western Sahara, the 3 were advised not to continue with their journey. They ignored this advice and bravely continued arriving at Sankwia on the 9th January 2008.

This  ambulance was filled with medical equipment, comprising mosquito nets, a water purifier and various other items, supplied by supporters in Anglesey. The materials were donated to the clinic in Soma.

Within 24 hours of its delivery the lives of a mother and her unborn child were saved as a result of her being urgently conveyed to the clinic in the vehicle. Without the Ambulance her admission to the clinic would have been too late.

Many other lives have been saved by this invaluable service.

Handing Over medical equipment at the clinic

In 2010   further medical equipment was delivered to the Clinic at Soma. These items had again been donated by supporters of the charity. We are grateful to Thomas Cook Airlines who allowed free additional baggage allowance to allow the transportation of these items to theGambia. The same airline was again very generous in allowing a similar facility in January 2011 and January 2012.

In 2011 much of the medical equipment provided had been sent in the container. These items again were donated to the Soma Health Clinic. See news and Activities

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Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends
Llawr Y Llan, Lon Goch
Amlwch, Ynys Mon LL68 9EN
Tel: 01407 830974