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Senegal & The Gambia


May 20, 2022 — June 4, 2022

Starting at: $3,700

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Your generous donation helps to save and change lives every day.

Your charitable investment will go toward ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need.

A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Overview


Our Work

***Note: Full COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Participation***

In Senegal, IMR will focus our efforts on the Talibé children, who are school children in religious schools that live primarily on the street, earning their school fees on a daily basis. They require care including vaccinations (which IMR provides), wound care, general medical care, and dental care.  These children are not seen by doctors or dentists on a regular basis.

We will also treat many villagers on this trip. The patients you will see have conditions ranging from rashes to joint pain, lymphatic filariasis to leptospirosis, schistosomiasis to GERD. Burns are common from the open cooking fires and serious wounds are normal occurrences in clinic each day. Working in the villages is very special and our patients will celebrate your visit. Are you a dentist? We need you on this trip! This is a place of suffering, where chewing sticks have done their damage and created teeth that are barely an exterior shell, with roots that scream with every bite a patient takes.

We see some of our sickest patients in Senegal. On our 2014 trip to Senegal, we treated many patients with acute malaria in addition to those suffering from tinea, scabies, ear infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.

In 2018 we cared for more than 700 Talibé children and more than 1500 total patients. Health education will continue to make a difference to the health of the villages and the Talibé children.

Since 2011, we have deployed nearly 200 volunteers and staff to Senegal who served 12,000 patients. In the Gambia, 60 staff and volunteers have treated 5,500 patients since our first visit in 2018.

While treating your patients, you will have the opportunity to partner with many local physicians and an outstanding team of translators that have worked side by side with IMR for many years.

The people of the Gambia are facing major obstacles in their pursuit of basic health care to save and or enhance their lives. Basic health care is not affordable for the vast majority of citizens in the Gambia. Although a few government-run clinics do exist, they are not adequately equipped to handle the needs of the people. The two major problems faced by Gambians are related to the shortage of health care professionals and access to medications due to availability and financial restrictions.

The main causes of mortality in infants (0-12 months) are neonatal sepsis, premature deliveries, malaria, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases and malnutrition. For child mortality, the main causes are: malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition, and diarrheal diseases. Almost 60% of the population is under age 25. The literacy rate is 55% for men – and considerably lower for women. Poverty is a national issue. In 2008 (last data available) there were only 0.11 physicians/1000 people. Compare this to the United States with 2.5 physicians/1000 people and you can see a country that needs help to care for her people.

This Mission

This special trip is dear to IMR’s heart, as our very first trip was to Senegal in 2002. Join us as we return with great joy to treat the Talibé children, work in villages and holy cities, and travel throughout central Senegal, as well as through the Gambia.

Senegal is a country of contrasts. In a single view you will see women laughing and dressed in lovely printed traditional dress and boubous riding in pony carts, businessmen and women stepping out of their Lexuses and entering high rise offices, overloaded trucks that are impossibly wide for the street, and the tin shacks that house the poor.

Turn your head, and you will see goats tied on top of cars for a quick ride to their new homes; children laughing, running, and twirling wooden hoops; and dogs and ponies everywhere. Much of Senegal remains deeply patriarchal and traditional, but women now form a significant minority in the government, and education is on the rise.

Most of Senegal remains rural, with very limited education, almost no health care outside of the cities, and extreme poverty. One child in eleven dies before the age of five. More than 20% of children are malnourished, and malaria is a common cause of death. Burns are a daily fact of life in the village, where families cook food over open fires. This is where you will make a difference in this remarkable country.

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa and is a country completely surrounded by another country (Senegal) with the exception of a small length of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. You will be staying on an island that was one of the most important slave trading routes during a tragic time in history. The Gambia is known as one of the most culturally rich countries on the African continent, with many tribal and ethnic groups living peacefully side by side.

The Gambia has enjoyed long periods of stability, unlike many of her African neighbors. Stability, however, has not translated into prosperity. Despite the presence of the Gambia River, which runs through the middle of the country and on which you will travel, only one-sixth of the land is arable. Poor soil quality has led to the predominance of only one crop – peanuts.

The country has a population of 1.8 million, a life expectancy of less than 60 years, and a probability of dying before the age of 16 greater than 25%. Malaria is the number one cause of death for children under 5, and lower respiratory tract infections killed more than 1700 adults in 2012, which is the most recent year this information is available (WHO). Nearly 60% of the population lives below the poverty line and 40% lives below the food poverty line. Poverty is widespread, pervasive and predominantly rural. Approximately three quarters of the rural population (where are clinics will be held) is classified as poor. The Gambia needs your help and the Ministry of Health has asked IMR to provide care.

Lodging/Transportation

The Senegal portion of your trip will be marked by the variety of your experiences. You will spend your nights in small hotels with beautiful courtyards and excellent food.   Your transportation will be by bus and you will stay in a hotel each night of your stay.

In the Gambia, you will stay in a beautiful resort for most nights, but you will also have an overnight on the UNESCO World Heritage designated Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island), made famous by the book and movie, Roots.  Please join us to discover the beauty of Gambia and the Gambian River valley. Our hosts, working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health, have partnered with us to create an itinerary that will allow you to see the sickest patients while sharing in the beauty of the Gambia.  There is nothing better than this!

Highlights

senegal-safariYou will join your team members on a one-day safari  – get ready to have some fun!  Zebras, rhinos, wildebeest, giraffes, and more are all possible sightings along with monkeys and many kinds of antelope.  This will certainly be a highlight of the trip!

You will also have the opportunity to explore the Gambia, not just from the perspective of the health of her people, but also culturally as you work with many different tribes. You will travel along the Gambia River, one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, where oysters abound, giving rise to the national dish of the Gambia, oyster stew. Women harvest the oysters from the river and add many of the common Gambian flavors from peanuts, tomatoes, black eyed peas, and more. You’ll enjoy the wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Gambia every day during your journey.

In Senegal, one of the highlights is working with the local physicians who work with our IMR team year after year after year.  Working with these fine young doctors is the heart of sustainability – for IMR and for Senegal.  We’ll also be vaccinating our street children as we have for the past 10 years.  Joining us in the field in Senegal makes a difference.

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

You’re venturing around the globe. Have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to explore Senegal? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension! Rich with colonial heritage and many natural attractions, Senegal is known for its exciting safaris, nightlife, and historical museums.

  • Explore the narrow streets of Île de Gorée lined with pastel, French colonial buildings
  • Discover the House of Slaves — a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade
  • Experience the wildly unique Lac Rose, which is a pink saltwater lake

Take a look at the trip itinerary.

Ready for the adventure? Connect with our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators today, by emailing travel@worldwidenavigators.com  or visiting worldwidenavigators.com.

Itinerary at a Glance


Friday, May 20, 2022

Depart Home & Travel Day

1
Saturday, May 21, 2022

Arrivals

2
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Team Orientation & Visit to the Grand Mosque, Dakar, and Goree Island

3
Monday, May 23, 2022

Clinic

4
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Clinic

5
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Clinic

6
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Clinic

7
Friday, May 27, 2022

Clinic

8
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Safari!

9
Sunday, May 29, 2022

Travel to The Gambia

10
Monday, May 30, 2022

Orientation & Free Day

11
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Clinic

12
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Clinic

13
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Clinic

14
Friday, June 3, 2022

Clinic

15
Saturday, June 4, 2022

Departures

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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey



Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: You will be notified about the group flight option prior to the Early Bird deadline. Domestic flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. 

If you choose to fly independently, transportation between your arrival airport and your IMR accommodation is not included. If you wish to arrange transportation, you can contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com

If you have any questions regarding flights, please contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com. Thank you. 

 

20 May 2022

Depart Home & Travel Day

Day 1

Today, you will head out from home and begin your journey to Senegal.

1
21 May 2022

Arrivals

Day 2

You will fly into Blaise Diagne International Airport. Be sure you arrive by 9pm to meet with the team. You will travel approximately one hour to your hotel where you will check into your rooms and enjoy a restful night next to the Atlantic Ocean.

Meals: Dinner,

2
22 May 2022

Team Orientation & Visit to the Grand Mosque, Dakar, and Goree Island

Day 3

After breakfast, you will attend the team orientation to prepare you for the upcoming week of clinic. Your team leader will assign roles for clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in Senegal. You will also get an overview of the health care system in Senegal by one of our hosts. 

Throughout your week you will see and care for many Talibé children (Talibé means “student” but they are street children living in difficult conditions) on this amazing trip along in addition to families, the elderly, and entire villages!  The street children we will care for receive virtually no health care and it is our honor to provide care for them in Senegal.  

After orientation, the team will head to the newly built Grand Mosque of Senegal for a tour and then to Goree Island for shopping and dinner.  Get a good night’s reset as you prepare for your first day of clinic the following day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
23 May 2022

Clinic

Day 4

Breakfast will be provided by the hotel each morning. Your team will travel by bus to work in surrounding towns and villages. Along the way you’ll pass some of the holiest cities in Senegal. 

Clinic will be held in a variety of locations, from small villages to medium sized towns in remote areas of central Senegal. Each day will be different, but all filled with laughing children and people of all ages. Healthcare outside of the cities is not easily accessible in Senegal. The entire community often comes for medical and dental care, health education to make their families stronger, and for the sheer joy of visiting with neighbors, friends, and relatives. You will be part of it all – and along the way we’ll visit mosques, markets, and much more to gain a deeper understanding of Senegal’s culture. 

Your team will see tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, and the number 1 most common disease, bacterial and protozoal diarrhea.  The majority of patients you will care do not have access to adequate sanitation or clean water; you will work together with many local physicians and dentists to be the difference in these communities.

Throughout the week you will stay in two or three different hotels as we work in different villages and towns.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
24 May 2022

Clinic

Day 5

You will likely treat patients with acute malaria in addition to those suffering from tinea, scabies, ear infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
25 May 2022

Clinic

Day 6

Most of Senegal remains rural, with very limited education, almost no health care outside of the cities, and extreme poverty. One child in eleven dies before the age of five. More than 20% of children are malnourished, and malaria is a common cause of death. Burns are a daily fact of life in the village, where families cook food over open fires. This is where you will make a difference in this remarkable country.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
26 May 2022

Clinic

Day 7

You will spent time treating the Talibé children, who are school children in religious schools that live primarily on the street, earning their school fees on a daily basis. They require care including vaccinations, wound care, general medical care, and dental care.  These children are not seen by doctors or dentists on a regular basis.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

7
27 May 2022

Clinic

Day 8

Health education will continue to make a difference to the health of the villages and the Talibé children.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

8
28 May 2022

Safari

Day 9

Get ready to see some animals!  

Here are a few safari tips:

  • Be flexible & prepared to get up early! 
  • Even if you are a shutterbug, bring a pair of binoculars
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and deet! And of course, bring a few snacks & water. 
  • Wear layers. The mornings are cool, but it gets hot fast! Comfortable sneakers or boots are required. Comfortable & neutral colored clothing are encouraged. 

After our safari, we will have a celebratory lunch and members of the Senegal-only portion of the trip will prepare to depart for home.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

9
29 May 2022

Travel to The Gambia

Day 10

Once you meet up with new members of the team who will be joining you for The Gambia portion of your mission, you will travel from Diass in Senegal to Banjul in The Gambia by bus and ferry.

Senegambia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

10
30 May 2022

Orientation & Free Day

Day 11

Team breakfast and orientation meeting.  The meeting will conclude around noon and the rest of the day is yours.  Try out the Senegambia private beach, take a walk, or find one of the fun restaurants within steps of the hotel.  We’ll meet back for a team dinner at 6:00pm with our hosts.

Senegambia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

11
31 May 2022

Clinic

Day 12

Clinics will be held in the rural areas with the highest needs in The Gambia under the direction of the Ministry of Health.  We are very excited to work with local Gambian medical personnel in this key areas of health concerns.

Senegambia Hotel or a smaller hotel closer to clinic

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

12
1 June 2022

Clinic

Day 13

In the Gambia, Malaria is the number one cause of death for children under 5, and lower respiratory tract infections killed more than 1,700 adults in 2012, which is the most recent year this information is available (WHO).

Senegambia Hotel or smaller hotel closer to clinic

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

13
2 June 2022

Clinic

Day 14

The main causes of mortality in infants (0-12 months) are neonatal sepsis, premature deliveries, malaria, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases and malnutrition. For child mortality, the main causes are: malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition, and diarrheal diseases.

Senegambia Hotel or smaller hotel closer to clinic

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

14
3 June 2022

Clinic

Day 15

Basic health care is not affordable for the vast majority of citizens in the Gambia. Although a few government-run clinics do exist, they are not adequately equipped to handle the needs of the people.

Senegambia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

15
4 June 2022

Free Day & Departures

Day 16

Group sightseeing or free day to relax at the beautiful Senegambia Hotel.  You can cruise the river or spend some time at the beach.  This day is to recharge and prepare for your departure the evening of June 4 or early morning June 5, depending on your flight schedule.  Departures earlier in the day on June 4 are also easily arranged if this better meets your schedule.

No hotel provided
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Your Journey


Clinic Photos


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re venturing around the globe. Have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to explore Senegal? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension! Rich with colonial heritage and many natural attractions, Senegal is known for its exciting safaris, nightlife, and historical museums.

  • Explore the narrow streets of Île de Gorée lined with pastel, French colonial buildings
  • Discover the House of Slaves — a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade
  • Experience the wildly unique Lac Rose, which is a pink saltwater lake

Take a look at the trip itinerary.

Ready for the adventure? Connect with our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators today, by emailing travel@worldwidenavigators.com  or visiting worldwidenavigators.com.

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $3700 will go toward the ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need. A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Donation Payment Deadlines

$3500 due by February 19, 2022

$3700 due by April 22, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by February 19, 2022

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for an additional fee. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on February 19, 2022. Airport transportation to and from the team’s accommodations are also included with this option. Depending on your departure city, you may still need to purchase another flight in addition to this one. After this flight has been booked, you may contact our travel agent, Worldwide Navigators, for assistance booking any necessary additional flights.

Benefits of Flying at a Group Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a group ticket at a guaranteed rate
  • Transport to and from the airport included

Volunteer without Airfare

Many team members choose to book their flight(s) to and from the mission location independent of IMR. This is a great option if would like to extend your stay in the area to tour and explore, or if the routing from you home airport is more feasible for you. If you choose to fly independently, please note that your transportation in between the airport and the team’s accommodations will not be provided. This will need to be arranged separately. Our partner for travel, Worldwide Navigators, would be happy to assist you in coordinating flights and/or transportation. You can contact them at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Benefits of Flying Independently

  • Extend your stay and customize your dates of travel
  • Choose your departure location
  • Customize your class of service

Featured Enhancements

Airfare & Airport Transfer
$1000
Single Supplement
$50 per night
Airport Transfers (for independent flyers)
$50 each way
Malpractice Insurance
$129.50 to $279.50
Continuing Education (CE/CME) Credits
$350
Personalized Scrubs (2 sets)
$50
IMR T-Shirt
$25
Partner Program
Starting at $25 per month

**To purchase any of the above Featured Enhancements for your mission, please contact our office at office@imrus.org or call at (970) 635-0110.

Your Donation to IMR for Your Mission Cost Includes:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Costs associated with the clinic
  • Food
  • Tips for services provided to the IMR team
  • All logistics, including translation services and security as needed

Additional Costs That You Are Responsible For:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • International and Domestic flights to the country. You have the option to fly independently, or on a group flight with IMR.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Required or recommended insurance
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Required or desired mission supplies, personal equipment, or small gifts for the special people you meet
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team mission, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
  • COVID-related fees such as testing, vaccinations, and quarantines as required by in-country arrival/departure or USA arrival/departure
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