can make a small difference." Anita Smith|
generosity is helping patients at Bansang|
In 2006 presenter David Whiteley and the Inside Out
East team went to The Gambia in West Africa.
We told the story of Anita
Smith from Kettering, who has devoted her life to running a charity for a hospital
in the remote inland town of Bansang.
There was a huge response to the
programme from viewers more than £50,000 was donated as well as sponsorship.
Inside Out decided that we should return to Bansang to show what a difference
has been made.
Making an impact
first impressions were such a contrast to the previous year when work had begun
on a new childrens unit - now it is completed.
The Gambia is
situated on the West African coast. One and a half million people live there.
They rely on three government run hospitals for health care.
expectancy is 54 years (men) and 57 years (women).
Hospital is situated in the African bush, 200 miles from the coast. It is a small
160 bed facility built by the British in 1938.
provides for the health needs of 600,000 Gambians. Extra pressure comes with the
arrival of patients from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and refugees from Sierra Leone.
Governments have tried to offer the health service as much resources as possible.
But the economy just does not generate enough money to satisfy demands.
Bansang Hospital Appeal and UN.
There are separate wards
for surgical cases and children with infectious diseases, and there is also an
A playroom, sponsored by a couple from Northamptonshire,
is stocked with toys from England and staffed by play nurses.
is to use play therapy to help young children recover toys and music can
stimulate patients even if they are very sick with diseases such as malaria.
of the biggest challenges for any hospital in the developing world is to prevent
trained staff leaving - to work for health services in developed countries, including
The hospital has its own school for State Enrolled Nurses.
of the students are sponsored by Inside Out viewers and are committed to staying
in The Gambia.
Helping to persuade them to stay are the new accommodation
blocks, also paid for by viewers.
For the first time, the nurses have their
own bedroom, sitting room and bathroom.
Whiteley in Africa - looking at the positive lessons|
caught up with some of the people wed met last time.
Inside Out follows
the progress of Alhagie Bah who had been fitted with a prosthetic limb after having
his leg amputated.
Find out what happened to Alhagie in our special online
If you would
like to make a donation or provide support, you can contact the appeal at:
contact Anita Smith at the Bansang Hospital Appeal, send a letter to:
Smith, Bansang Hospital Appeal, 4 The Leys, Orlingbury,
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