In several remote villages of the Tambacounda region, Le Korsa supports medical clinics that provide essential healthcare to thousands of inhabitants. Without these clinics, most patients would not receive healthcare.
Dr. Magueye Ba at the Sinthian Medical Center
In 2019, Senegal had only 1 doctor per 10,000 inhabitants.
Tambacounda is Senegal's largest and most thinly populated region. The majority of its inhabitants live in rural villages that do not have medical centers, and they cannot easily make the journey into the city of Tambacounda. So Le Korsa is helping Dr. Magueye Ba run three medical clinics that bring high quality healthcare to some of these rural populations.
The Sinthian Medical Center is a small clinic located in the rural village of Sinthian, adjacent to Thread. Run by Dr. Ba and his nursing staff, the clinic is the only one in the surrounding area and acts as a medical cooperative, where patients can pay a monthly fee and in return receive any medical care needed. They can also receive care as non-members by paying out-of-pocket. The clinic serves approximately 40 to 50 patients a day.
Le Korsa gives the Sinthian Center $5000 twice annually, to cover the cost of prescription medicine in the pharmacy and the expenses of patients without the means to make the monthly payment. We have helped subsidize an operating block, a maternal health ward, a fully stocked pharmacy, and an on-site laboratory equipped to screen for malaria, tuberculosis, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
The Fass Medical Center is located nine kilometers from Sinthian, in the village of Fass, adjacent to the school built there by Le Korsa. In 2010, Dr. Ba spent around 1500 euros of his personal funds to build this center in order to provide care to the people of this area. Le Korsa became a close partner, first by covering the clinic’s costs for electricity and running water.
In 2010, we funded the construction of a maternity center so that women having complications in childbirth would not have to make the arduous journey across the river. Since then we have acquired a pickup truck for the clinic, which can be used as an ambulance, or to ferry patients from the area to Tambacounda Hospital if needed. Thanks to our partnership with Project C.U.R.E. we have also brought in several containers of medical supplies for the clinic. Finally, we provide it with a grant of $5000 twice annually, to help cover basic expenses such as medicine and repairs.
The Kocoum medical clinic, which is in a village that is on the way to Kedougou, was also started by Dr. Ba with the help of a dynamic patient from the village, known as Mère Lama, who helped her community raise modest funds to support the construction of the center. Le Korsa helps Dr. Ba with projects there on an as-needed basis.
At all of these clinics, Le Korsa helps to bring in visiting doctors who can provide specialized services; these have included free cervical cancer screenings by Go Doc Go as well as sessions with physical therapists and mental health providers. Many of these doctors leave behind their equipment, contributing to what each clinic can offer.
The staff at Wassadou Medical Center
Further south of Tambacounda on the road to Kedougou is the Wassadou Medical Center, a multi-building facility with fifteen beds for patients as well as overnight facilities for their families; several examination and operating rooms; a maternity ward; and a dental care unit. It serves a region of approximately 20,000 people and is staffed by one full-time doctor, Dr. Mamadou Ndiaye, and a team of nurses and midwives.
The center has an x-ray machine, as well as the equipment to perform basic laboratory and blood work, although more complicated medical tests must be sent to the hospital in Tambacounda.
The center was originally a project of French NGO Le Kinkeliba, which founded it in 2006, and was constructed with the financial support of the Pierre Fabre Foundation as well as Le Korsa, which was at that time known as American Friends of Le Kinkeliba.
In 2014, Wassadou was officially taken over by French NGO Première Urgence, who now run the center’s day-to-day operations. Le Korsa provides an annual grant of $50,000 to Première Urgence to help cover the center's expenses. We have also helped fund a market garden at the clinic, which provides food and an additional source of income.
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