MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center loaded and shipped a 40 foot container of medical humanitarian aid for the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in The Gambia, a tiny, highly impoverished country in West Africa with a population of about 1.6 million. Tuberculosis, malaria and child malnutrition are frequent health problems suffered by the people. See this WHO Health Profile for statistics.
This is the second container to Royal Victoria generously sponsored by Gambega Ltd., the Coca-Cola bottling company in West Africa; the first arrived in October and was a huge success. Click here to read an article that ran in a Gambian newspaper, Today!, describing the shipment.
Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital is the main referral hospital for the country and is run by the government. It is a 500-bed teaching hospital that provides all levels of care to the Gambian population. About 780 patients per day are cared for, and maternal, child health services and hemodialysis are provided free of cost. The hospital relies heavily on the support of NGOs and donors like MedShare and Gambega Ltd to be able to care for the poorest families of the country.
MedShare sent over 12,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment in the container today, including a birthing bed, examination table, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, a ventilator, laryngoscopes, bandages, cast materials, IV catheters, gloves, and much more!
See below for photos of the RVTH: