AFG Executive Director and Health Program Director visit Guinea

Bebe Kourouma and Michael CarsonAFG’s Executive Director, Michael Carson, and Health Program Director, Bebe Sylla, visited Guinea to observe the status of current AFG health and water initiatives and to better plan the organization’s activities for 2011.

During their trip, they toured the sites of current AFG projects in order to assess the specific needs of each area and design a more effective strategy to meet those needs. Kondeyah Hospital, located about two hours from Conakry, has been receiving equipment and supplies from AFG for the last three years. The survey discovered the need for new solar panels, used to provide electricity and running water, to replace the equipment damaged by lightning. Hospital staff underscored the need for AFG to aid in health initiatives that will benefit women and children from nearby villages. As a result of the visit, AFG is exploring malaria prevention and control activities around the area.

In Jean Paull II Hospital, another facility that has been in collaboration with AFG, it was determined that a renovation of one of the wings, designated to house women expecting Fistula surgeries, is needed. The ongoing Hydrocephalus project was also evaluated and AFG has contacted Johnson and Johnson to obtain better equipment to perform the necessary surgeries for children suffering from the disease.

While in Guinea, the AFG Directors met with representatives from the United States Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The possibility of joint projects was discussed and AFG is currently working on making those plans a reality. In addition, a visit to Kassa Island, located about seven kilometers from Conakry, discovered a deplorable lack of electricity and reliable water sources at the island’s two health posts, which also have only one doctor on staff. Despite the island’s proximity to the capital, Kassa residents suffer from malaria, dysentery, diarrheal diseases and typhoid fever. AFG is reviewing a proposal from the local government to fund the building of a medical barge, which would improve the ability of the residents to receive medical care, and is looking into commencing a number of water and sanitation improvement ventures.

The trip yielded invaluable insight into the progress of AFG’s existing projects, as well as providing countless ideas for upcoming initiatives.

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