Stop Malaria Campaign-Round II.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Global Unification The Gambia, in collaboration with Africa Stop Malaria, a charitable organization based in Barcelona, Spain, is to embark on a five day Anti-Malarial campaign, geared towards combating the scourge of the illness which has been ravaging the African continent.
This latest campaign, dubbed: 'STOP MALARIA ROUND II,' is a follow up to the one held last August 2008, at Mandinaring Village, Kombo South. However, unlike the previous, the Stop Maria Round II, slated from 2nd to 6th December 2008, will include activities such as in-house Training for GU volunteers on Malaria prevention;
distribution of free insecticide treated bed net to a number of communities, as well as donation of anti-malarial drugs to selected hospitals and health centres in the country.
In preparation for the campaign, GU volunteers converge, last Saturday 29th November, at the Association's new secretariat, located at 151 Mosque Road, Plazza centre, Serekunda to discuss and share ideas as to how best to make the program successful.
During the deliberation, the Stop Malaria Campaign Coordinator in the Gambia, Ms Fatoumatta Bah, deliberated on the activities they would be embarking on during the campaign period.
She also informed the gathering that a team of five volunteers of Africa Stop Malaria would be flying to The Gambia to assist in the coordination and implementation of the campaign. She described the team as highly dedicated group of philanthropists who are volunteering their time, energy and resources to contribute in "our continued national efforts to fight against malaria."
Mrs Bah also recounted progress registered in the previous Stop Malaria Campaign, where long lasting insecticide treated bed nets, worth over twelve thousand Dalasi, were donated to villagers in Mandinaring.
This she said, though small, has contributed significantly in saving the lives of some children who other wise might have succumbed to the disease.
The GU treasurer also appealed to all GU members and partners to support the campaign with all their hearts, calling it a national duty "because it helps to ensure a healthy population."
This, she said, is paramount in the socio-economic development of our country. Also speaking at the meeting was the National Representative of Global Unification in the Gambia, Mr. Ebrima S. Dem, who thanked the GU volunteers for their commitment and love for the nation.
He recognised that their mere presence at the meeting was clear testimony that they were ready to work hand-in-glove with the Stop Malaria Campaign team from Spain. He also used the opportunity to call on other organizations to join hand with GU 'in this noble crusade.'
According to Mr Dem, neither GU nor government or any one organization can win the battle against malaria single-handed. Thus, he said, the participation of every Gambian and non-Gambian counts, "if we are to achieve our dream of eradicating Malaria in The Gambia.'
Other speakers at the meeting included Mr. kemo Cham, GU Media Reprehensive, Madiba Sillah, GU National Committee Secretary, among others.
Author: by Fatoumatta Bah