Where new life starts
Together we can change the world
Building the Future
Pregnancy is a wonderful miracle
Obstetric and gynaecology departments in Africa has evolved to becomes one of the busiest and most needed specialties. With our own in-house consultant OBGYN and multiple midwives, the aim is to provide continuity of care and support for all women throughout their pregnancy.
Our obstetric department must be led by a qualified Gynaecologist sees both low and high risk obstetric cases with regular antenatal care.
Given the weak state of the Gambian health care system, the project is not only a grateful challenge, but also urgently needed.
Engaging hearts, equipping minds
A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities
In The Gambia, the joy of welcoming a new life into this world can quickly turn into devastating grief if the mother or child dies during or after birth. It is one of the most painful tragedies that can happen to a family. There is much disagreement as to the correct numbers ranging between 60 and 220 maternal deaths per 100.000 citizens. But whichever way you look at it, even if you assume the lowest numbers, the situation remains very sad, of course. And if you want to multiply this sad number on a population of 2.3 million people, it is more realistic to say that we’re speaking of a national disaster; Not to mention that these heartbreaking situations have quite a heavy impact in the souls of the medical aid-workers.
Like most developing countries, preventable and treatable diseases like malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition, and neonatal sepsis are largely responsible for childhood mortality and morbidity in The Gambia. But also cases of failure or negligence by physicians, deficiencies in health care and poor medical attendance as well as inadequate attention have often contributed to instances of maternal mortality. Maternal care is such in limbo in certain areas of The Gambia to an extent that death can happen during pregnancy, at delivery or even up to a year after childbirth, with leading causes being severe bleeding or hemorrhage. Not to mention the chronic lack of financial and logistic support, lack of supplies and equipment, shortages of adequately and appropriately trained health personnel, high attrition rates, and an inadequate referral system.
Xippia aims to revitalize and further strengthening primary health care (PHC). Which includes both preventive and curative services, building a facility for the underserved to have quick access to health care and save lives. It includes also health promotion and prevention, mobilizing financial resources, providing health facilities with professional training, support to immunization (simple and quick responses to the main childhood diseases have proven to be an efficient and cost-effective tool in addressing the major causes of mortality and morbidity). And the guaranteed supply of basic pediatric drugs for common childhood diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia, which remain among the three top killers of children under five.
Once we reach this objective, our dream is to copy and share the facility, experience and knowledge to other villages.
Our First Phases
3 Container units (ca 50 m2) needed to build a medical room with 6 beds recovery capacity
From hospital beds and other furniture to medical equipment & tools like a scan tool.