Find out more about the facilities at the health centre, health statistics on The Gambia, testimonials and the team that keep it running. 

Delivery suite


Old Jeshwang Health Centre opened in 2002. From this purpose built facility we provide antenatal, intrapartum and post-partum healthcare for men and women. This includes infant welfare and vaccination clinics, family planning, hygiene and diet advice, minor casualty services, a pharmacy and health education. The infant welfare clinic enables the babies to receive vaccinations and their progress to be monitored. These services are provided by full time midwives.


More recently we have developed pathology, immunisation, disease surveillance, doctor, dentist, nutrition and blood collection and transfusion services. The Department of Health of The Gambia considers the Old Jeshwang Health Centre to be a "Centre of Excellence" in Sub-Saharan Africa. 


A well-equipped laboratory ensures that basic blood and urine testing for iron levels (to prevent anaemia) is easily available to all patients and there is also a pharmacy stocked with a large range of medications.


The Heath Centre also provides primary health programmes. These include:

  • malaria prevention initiatives, including the provision of bed-nets

  • developing a major programme to reduce anaemia in school children and pregnant women

  • a minor injury unit.


The Health Centre is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and is staffed by 48 paid, full time staff. It has 6 beds to allow for overnight stays and close observation.


In-service training is provided by our senior midwife. There is a library and seminar room, providing staff with access to medical journals and text books, and allowing visiting professionals to give tutorials. We also have close links with students and research schools. 

in The Gambia...



of births 

are attended by skilled healthcare professionals

per capita

health spending is less today than in 1995 - a trend opposite to the region


of deaths in under 5's 

are as a result of birth complications or malaria

in The Health Centre...

350 per year

the average number of deliveries

1,700 per year

the average number of antenatal visits



out-patients under 5



Catchment Area

Laboratory Investigations


dentist appointments



Infant Welfare Services


"I travelled 15 miles to the Old Jeshwang Health Centre because of the clean facilities and friendly staff"

One of 35,000 people we have treated since 2002 

"We consider Old Jeshwang Health Centre to be a centre of excellence within The Gambia"

The Gambian Department of Health

Meet the team


Isatou Cessay

Senior Midwife

Genevieve Stafford

i/c midwives and nursing assistants

Cherno Yaddeh

Head of Pathology

Dr. Sanna Saidykhan

Visiting Doctor

Modou Janko 


Maria Ariama

Public Health Officer


Alhagie Abdoulie Sowe

Head of Healthcare

Emmanuel Stafford


Aji Worage Nyang


Ahi Sohna Amie Jobe


Momoudou L Cham

Advisor on Professional Matters

Junking Dukereh

PR Officer & Assistance Administrator