New ultrasound device
One of the greatest achievment of 2020 was the instalment of our new ultrasound device, which saved the continously high diagnosis quality of our doctors.
Upgrading the Laboratory:
We added a haematology meter, a lab centrifuge, 2 sterilisators and incubators. With the help of (kind) donations, we purchased a great number of malaria and other test kits, so that we could reduce outsorced testings.
Establishment of a second labour ward/ delivery room
We used one of the former girls’s dormitories to establish an new labour ward. Its bigger than the first one, and it is better connected with the sanitary rooms.
More equipment for the delivery room
In the course of the year 2020, we were able to add a forceps and a ventous cup system to our delivery room equipment. Forceps serve as manual support during a difficult birthgiving, as ventous cups are a vacuum assisting system.
Fundraising campaign in favour of heart-sick Isatou:
7.500 € needed for live saving operation
Isatou came to us in 2016, after her father died. She has always been wick, and in January 2019 she just collapsed. After diagnosis we learned that she is having serious heart conditions and is in urgent need of an operation otherwise she will not live much longer.
After a former fundraising campaign failed, German & Gambia based NGO Gesundheit und Bildung Gambia e.V. took over and, with the support of eeai Gambia and Afrimed Clinic saved Isatou the urgendly needed appointment with a pediatric cardiologist. Before she could make an appointment at Dakar university clinic, corona-crisis shut down borders. After long moths of waiting, Isatou got her appointment on the 10.th of January 2021.
From dormitories to houses:
On opening of the Darra in 2012, most of our girls were younger than 12 years old. Dormitories provided the quick, inexpensive solution we needed and could afford in that moment. But now, the dormitories are too stuffed. That’s simply not a condition we want forever. Beside, half of the girls are teenager now. Among them are two ill girls. They all should have a chance to live with more privacy and more comfort.
Due to corona-crisis, the Ministry of Health urged us in mid March to empty all dormitories, claiming the dormitories to get prepared as isolation rooms. Where to house the girls instead?! – Together with our partnering society Gesundheit und Bildung Gambia e.V. we accepted the challenge and built not only a new house for the girls, but also another one for boys.
Darra Donation Pool
This year, 13 of our girls attend secondary schools. Each year, fees increase. Therefore, fundraising for schoolfees is one of our general tasks. We strongly believe that pooled financial and material donations give all girls an equal and common sense of being welcome and worth the support – our DARRA DONATION POOL responds to this challenge, and to many more.