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Reducing Maternal Deaths in The Gambia 2011 - 2014

SIGBI launched the partnership with MCAI at the Federation Conference in Brighton in October 2011—it was a three year Project. Rrenamed ‘The BIG Project’, BIG being an acronym for Birthing in Gambia.

We proudly say we are a Global Voice for Women and that we are committed to education and leadership. We are determined to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, AND ENABLE and our support for the work of MCAI contributes to this aim.

In order to maximise involvement of Clubs, 20th July 2013 was designated as a Day of Action for The BIG Project. All SIGBI Clubs were encouraged to organise a fund-raising activity—to this end several Regions and some countries appointed Ambassadors to aid the flow of information. Gambia, Soroptimists project to reduce maternal deaths

  • Brikama Hospital serves a population of 250,000 and each month, around 600 women give birth there.  The new 10-bedded labour ward extension is now complete and equipped, providing a safe environment for women to give birth.

  • Around 1400 women deliver every year at Essau Hospital, which is separated from Brikama by a 7 mile estuary.   Using local workers and materials, the refurbishment of the maternity unit has been completed.
  • An Ultrasound Scanner has been installed in the unit at Brikama, thanks to the memorial fund for Margaret Lovell, a late member of SI Winchester and District.
  • A vital supply of emergency drugs to enable these units to function has also been supplied.