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The Gambia


May 29, 2022 — June 4, 2022

Starting at: $2,900

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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


The Need

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

The Gambia is located on the West African coast and extends about 400km inland. The public health service delivery system is a three tier system. Over the past few years, Gambia’s health sector has been under great pressure due to high population growth rates, inadequate financial and logistic support, shortage of health staff, and lack of an efficient and effective referral system.

In Gambia, communicable diseases are one of the most common causes of death and non-communicable diseases are thought to be under diagnosed and under reported. Though there are many efforts to decrease health disparities that exist, Gambia’s biggest obstacle is still a lack of resources and funding. There are still gaps between expected and actual performance. International Medical Relief (IMR) partners with Gambia to increase support in initiatives to create a more equitable health care system. IMR continues to provide qualified health care providers and support staff to deliver medical and dental care, community health education, disease-specific education, and laboratory point-of-care testing. Join IMR as we continue to provide care and education and uplift the overall health of Gambia’s population.

Our Work

International Medical Relief began its partnership with the Gambia in 2018. Since our first visit, 60 staff and volunteers have treated 5,500 patients. We plan to continue our preventative efforts by providing medical relief efforts and sustainable health services through community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations. IMR strives to provide life-changing medical care to people who do not have reliable access to treatment and help increase the community’s education and knowledge of their own health, improving the overall health of the most vulnerable and underserved communities in the Gambia. 

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing. 

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

This Mission

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa and is a country completely surrounded by another country with the exception of a small length of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia, surrounded by Senegal, is a country of a rich history in her own right. In fact, 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 and poor soil quality has led to the predominance of only one crop – peanuts.

Within the population of 1.8 million, the life expectancy is less than 60 years and the probability of dying before the age of 16 is greater than 25%. 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, 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

You will stay in a beautiful resort for most nights on this amazing trip.  There will also be an overnight on the UNESCO World Heritage designated Kunta Kinteh Island (St. James Island), made famous by the book and movie, Roots.  Please join us as you 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.

Highlights

You will 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 stay on an island designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, infamous for its history of slaving but now famous as the disembarkation point in the book and movie, “Roots,” based on a true history of a family living on the island in the 1700s. The lead character is now known around the world as “Kunta Kinte.”

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.

Extend Your Stay

Itinerary at a Glance


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Arrivals

1
Monday, May 30, 2022

Orientation Meeting & Free Day

2
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Clinic

3
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Clinic

4
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Clinic

5
Friday, June 3, 2022

Clinic

6
Saturday, June 4, 2022

Departures

7

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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. 

29 May 2022

Arrivals

Day 1

You can arrive anytime into Banjul International Airport (BJL).

Senegambia Hotel
1
30 May 2022

Orientation Meeting & Free Day

Day 2

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,

2
31 May 2022

Clinic

Day 3

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 key areas of health concerns.

Senegambia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
1 June 2022

Clinic

Day 4

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 of medications due to availability and financial restrictions.

Senegambia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
2 June 2022

Clinic

Day 5

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
3 June 2022

Clinic

Day 6

In 2008 (last data available) there were only 0.11 physicians/1000 people in the Gambia. 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.

Senegambia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
4 June 2022

Departures

On your last day, you may choose to do group sightseeing, cruise the river, or take a free day to relax at the beautiful Senegambia Resort.  The day is your choice – it is a day for you to recharge and prepare for your departure. You may depart any time.

7

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 nearby 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. While in Senegal, experience the wildly unique Lac Rose, a pink saltwater lake, plus the tiny, car-free island of Gorée and the House of Slaves museum. Take a look at the trip itinerary.

For more information contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2900 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

$2700 due by February 28, 2022

$2900 due by May 1, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by February 28, 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 28, 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
$900
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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