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Real lives



“Help yourself protect yourself”: Changing People’s Perceptions and Practices for Ebola Prevention
“I was trained on Ebola to sensitize my community for prevention,” said 55-year-old Imam Baboucarr Sy, also alikalo of Fass Abdou, a small village on the Senegal-Gambia border in the Central River Region (CRR) of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia.

Preventing malaria – making the well-being of children the number one priority
It was a particularly hot day in the village of Baati Njole, in The Gambia’s Central River Region (CRR), and 3 year-old Sai Ceesay was among the few children already yawning tiredly after a fulfilling dinner.

The local midwife: Complementing skilled midwifery in the community
Fifty-six year-old Kaku Krubally has been practicing as a traditional birth attendant (TBA) for the past 17 years and is skilled at what she does.

Changing attitudes for good health practices
Hawa Sisawo, a 32-year-old mother of six, smiled mirthfully as her active 6-months-old daughter, Isatou, pushed her breast away impatiently and gave a loud burp of satisfaction.

“They are not better than me”: Discrimination against polio victims
Twenty-six year-old Ndey Trawally is a mother of two and a part-time hairdresser from Bundung, a largely populated urban community in the Kanifing Municipality; one of two municipalities in The Gambia.

Stamping out measles for good
Mariama Jammeh, a young mother of three children, was already up before dawn on Tuesday, 13th December 2011 – much earlier than her usual wake-up hour.

Changing social and cultural norms: Fathers immunize their children against measles
Since the dawn of time, women have traditionally been the sole custodians of child upbringing, among other domestic responsibilities, including watching over the health of their children.

A mother’s contribution
Up until a few years ago, Daba Ceesay, a 45 year-old mother of seven children, had no prior experience with polio.

That frightful thing called polio
It was not yet 9.30 a.m., but 36 year-old Jabou Bojang, a mother of six children and a housewife/sandwich vendor by profession, was already hurrying down the dusty road leading to her house in Banjulinding, in the Western Region of The Gambia.



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