MRC Unit the Gambia (MRCG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Horizon Trust, and Baylor University of Medicine recently convened a two-day training exercise focused on West Africa Regional Horizons. The event was held at the Bray Lecture Theatre.
In his opening statement, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Omar Barry, thanked MRCG for hosting the event in The Gambia.
According to PS Barry, The Gambia has high hopes for Horizons. He added that Gambia needs and deserves world-class healthcare provision, as well as accessible, equitable and high quality maternal and infant healthcare.
He stated that Horizons represents an opportunity to bring change that will outlive everyone. He continued saying that the Gambian government is committed to the endeavour and that they are proud to be working in partnership with Horizons.
Dr. Barry said Horizons Trust had already been doing outstanding work in Serekunda Health Centre, Fajikunda Health Centre and more recently in the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.
Horizons Hospital venture is jointly funded by the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank private sector division.
Professor Umberto D’Alessandro, Director of MRCG, gave a brief background of MRCG, and stated that MRCG was founded in The Gambia in 1947 when a WWII British Army Hospital was handed over to Medical Research Council.
According to Professor D’Alessandro the unit’s research is mainly focussed on communicable diseases which represent a huge burden of illness and mortality in The Gambia and the developing world as a whole.