FRIENDS OF LHC
Become a friend of Lamin Health Center
Do you think our work here is as important as we do?
Support LHC and with that the Gambian healthcare! You can transfer your contribution to bank account NL87 ABNA 0506645320 attn. Humanitarian Aid Gambia Foundation; BIC ABNANL2A stating Lamin Health Center or add "Vriend LHC" to your cart.
You can be sure that we will spend the money well and carefully to work on the health of Gambians.
Want to become friends?
Over the years, LHC has welcomed many people who have supported the health center in all kinds of ways. Sponsorship in goods and money have come our way in many forms. We are very grateful for that!
But... we could still use some structural support.
What distinguishes LHC from other hospitals in The Gambia?
LHC is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of eventually fully handing over the hospital to the Gambians. With the availability of good diagnostic equipment, the knowledge and skills on how to deal with this and the training and connection of Gambian doctors and health care personnel, we are building a sustainable foundation for the future. We make our staff aware of the steps that need to be taken towards becoming independent and encourage them to take responsibilities. Ownership is the key to success but given the African culture it is sometimes a challenge.
As a friend of LHC you support us for €5,- a month or €60,- ($68 / £55) a year.
Help make a difference!
For only € 5 per month or € 60 ($ 68 / £ 55) per year you are a much appreciated 'Friend of LHC'
With your generous donation you support Lamin Health Center: European care for a Gambian price.
We will share the results of your donation on our website, Facebook page and annual report.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated!
The question is... What can we do with your money?
1. Poor People Fund: Quality care for everyone!
The majority of the Gambian population lives on an average of €2,- per day. Government healthcare is almost free but one does not get much further than an antibiotic, paracetamol and vitamin tablets. There is no health insurance in The Gambia.
Regularly we meet patients who really need care but can't afford it. Through family, neighbors or friends an amount of money is collected but usually it is not enough. Through our 'Poor People Fund' we supplement the remaining amount.
2. Good quality medication.
As mentioned before, medication is available in The Gambia. However, experience shows that the supply is limited and the quality often poor. Patients tell us that a paracetamol of Lamin Health Center works better than that of the local government or pharmacy. When you visit the local markets you come across stalls selling medication that is lying out in the direct sunlight... That just might be an explanation.
LHC orders most of the medication in the Netherlands from the IDA foundation. This comes in a container about twice a year, after which we store it under controlled conditions and monitor distribution. An average order amounts up to €6500.
3. Education and training of our employees.
In The Gambia many sponsors are also active in the field of education and training. A number of our employees and future doctors are sponsored by Dutch foundations with which LHC cooperates gratefully. Not everyone is eligible for sponsorship, but we would still like to better equip our own staff for positions that will eventually benefit the health center. An example of this is offering a qualified nurse training as a midwife. This training is about €280 per year per person.
All in all a few of our wishes that will come closer because of your support.
Chairman and board member Gert and Inge Bruijnes of the Children of Lamin Foundation have initiated the construction of the building and have supported the hospital financially over the past 5 years. The foundation has since withdrawn.