“Developed countries have medical care, and developing countries do not. The availability and accessibility of health care in Senegal must improve simply because every life matters. With the Hospital of Hope we will prove that healthcare can be delivered affordably in rural areas of a developing country.”
CHERIF DIALLO, M.D., DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS
The Hospital of Hope aids communities with no healthcare services through our all-volunteer medical team, which includes one or more physicians, nurse, lab assistant and dentist. Additional doctors, nurses and lab assistants, along with heart and vision specialists, often join our team. Medical professionals contribute their time and training to care for 100-250 patients at each clinic action.
We provided 120 consultations for 33 children and 87 adults, whose health problems ranged from tonsillitis and bronchitis to anemia to parasites. We also gave dental exams and treatment to more than 40 patients. We also diagnosed and paid for treatment for two Niague teenagers who are suffering from severe asthma, so severe that they stopped attending school. Their breathing has been compromised so greatly that they cannot lay down. Their families have very limited incomes, so the hospital paid for consultations with a pneumologist in Dakar and medications to stabilize their health so that they were able to return to school.
At this field action, we consulted with 293 children and adults. The volunteer medical team included five physicians, one dentist and two pharmacists. Our work led to diagnosis of five cases that were complicated and were referred to the Regional Hospital of Thies. Dr. Diallo reported that the village leaders and local authorities expressed thankful prayers for the Hospital of Hope team for their generosity, humanity and efficiency towards the poor on the eve hajj.
In mid-August, the Hospital of Hope (HoH) undertook an adventurous three-day field action on Betenti Island, located on Senegal’s southern coast near The Gambia.
Asked by the Betenti Office of Development to bring health services to four different villages, the HoH team of 12 medical volunteers left Dakar on Friday, August 8, at 10 a.m., arriving at their river crossing at 5 pm. After three hours in pirogues, the crew docked on the island, welcomed by many of the islanders.
Immediately, the Hospital of Hope team began preparation for the clinic on Saturday and Sunday, and by 11 pm, all was ready for two very full days that included examinations and treatments for 422 individuals, including 179 pediatric cases, 168 adult cases, 32 dental treatments, and 43 circumcisions In addition, the team provided screening and education about diabetes and hypertension; education about hygiene; dispensing of medications.
The team was headed by HoH director of field operations Cherif Diallo, M.D., who reported that most treatments were for infectious and chronic diseases, and that the local citizens were “very, very happy that the Hospital of Hope came to the area, as there is a great need.” The action was coordinated so easily and successfully with the island’s office of development that already a request has been made for second HOH action next year.