To a large extent West Africa is scarred by poverty and disease creating a climate of hopelessness for the population.

Sage Hospital e.V was set up in October 2003 to address the obvious need to provide effective, lasting and direct help in the region. Specifically this took the form of support for a hospital in Warang, Senegal, reached two hours by car south of Dakar. The e.V. effectively ‘adopted’ it. In short, its goal was to help set it up, sustain it and broaden its function for at least the next ten years.

The hospital in Warang was originally built with the support of the government, and after completion it was handed over the town committee to administrate it. This unfortunately led to financial and organisational problems resulting in the near bankruptcy and dereliction of the hospital. The result of this was that it was failing the needs of the local population.

In October 2003 Sage Hospital e.V stepped in, and by the end of that year had provided the hospital with desperately needed medical and technical equipment. The building itself was also renovated and an extension built. Since then, seven full time medical staff has been appointed serving around 700 patients a month. As well as Dr Amie Labou, the Head Physician, there are two trained nurses and four carers.



When we took over the hospital it wasn’t more than a ruin. In the following years more and more voluntary supporters came to Warang to – together with locals – reconstruct and expand the whole area.

Apart from new roofs, a sheltered waiting area, pharmacy, mid-wife centre and a space for ambulance and electric generator have been added. A nice garden with shady plants now serves as a retreat and a healthy “micro climate”.

Senegal in Zahlen


Geographical Position
West African coast line between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania

196.722 km2 (76,000 sq mi)

Semi-presidential republic
until 1960 French Colony
Member of “West African Economic Monetary Union” (WAEMU)



French, Wolof, Pular, Mandinka

CFA Franc; 1 Euro = 981 CFA (May 2010)

tropical, warm, humid;
Rainy season:
May until November; Temperature: 26-38° Celsius

Fish, Calcium Phosphate, Iron

13,711,597 (2009)

Ethnical Groups
Wolof 43,3%, Pular 23,8%, Serer 14,7%, Diola 3,7%, Mandinka 3%, Soninke 1,1%, Europeans and Libanese 1%, Other 9,4%

Moslems 94%, Christians 5%, Other 1%

Average Age
17.8 years

Age Structure
0-14 years: 43,7%
15-64 years: 53,3%
over 65 years: 3%

Growth Rate
2,56% (2003)
Born Children per woman: 4,93 (2003)
Death rate: 57,57 per 1000 births

Rate of Illiteracy
59,8% (over 15 years) | men: 50%, women: 70%

Agriculture, fish processing (18%), mining, production of artificial fertilizer, refining imported petroleum, cement production (27%), provision of services (55%)

Unemployment Rate
48%, of which 40% live in city regions (2001) which results in a high crime rate and drug consume

54% of Senegal’s population live below the poverty line

Our journey through customs


Everybody knows of problems that can occur when you’re shipping aid goods around the world but until something happens to yourself you don’t know how hard it can get. It took us 18 hours in Dakar with more than 8 official spots at the airport and in the city we had to go to including waiting time, skirmish and legal formalities to have customs inspect our goods. After hours of sweating and anxious waiting our goods finally went through and could be sent to the hospital. Thank you Mr. Issa Konaté who helped us through red-tape operations.

Renovation work completed


After 5 months of planning and 3 weeks of construction work renovation work in Warand has been completed. Reliable electricity has been ensured, small defects have been repaired, roofs been sealed and the whole hospital been painted inside as well as outside. Thank you very much to the local team, above all Schraddi, Sven and Morsch, who have been giving their eyeteeth.

Trip to Senegal 03 – Warang, school for Nianing, harbour of MBour


Through taking stock on site next year’s service was guaranteed. We also visited the neighbouring village Nianing’s elementary school which has been supported with educational material and is part of
partnership programs with German families.

Trip to Senegal 02 – work at the hospital


During a 3-week period Sage Hospital club members and volunteers together with helping hands from Warang are carrying out repairs on and in the building: The roofs of hospital, waiting room, pharmacy and midwife house will be repaired and sealed. All facades as well as interior walls will be levelled out and painted. The 10KW emergency power generator as well as refrigerators for drugs will be installed and put into operation.

Trip to Senegal 01 – Warang, MBour


All club members as well as volunteers are travelling to Senegal. Parallel to the trip the compiled goods such as drugs, clothes, specs as well as tools, construction material and an emergency power
generator will be shipped to the hospital.

The Helping Hounds of Hell – Private View in Hamburg


The 2nd private view of the exhibition „the helping hounds of hell“ took place at the Hamburg Helium Cowboy Artspace Gallerie on 08.02.2008 – through the initiative of Groupe de Jour and the
cooperation with gallery owner Jörg Heikhaus almost 14,000 Euros have been earned for Sage Hospital with the selling of the skateboards.

The Helping Hounds of Hell – Vernissage Berlin


After the successful opening of our skateboard exhibition “the helping hounds of hell” at Neurotitan Gallery in Berlin we would like to thank all our guests for the great evening.

We would also like to thank everybody who has worked voluntarily during the last 6 months to make this project happen.

The Helping Hounds of Hell – The catalogue


For the charity exhibition event “the helping hounds of hell” internationally renowned artists designed 100 skateboard which will be shown at two exhibtinos in Berlin and Hamburg. The sales profit will be donated to the hospital.

The project was initiated by the design “groupe de Jour” from Berlin. Together with the Hamburg gallery “Heliumcowboy Artspace” they curated and researched artists for the project. Photo shooting for the printed catalogue as well as event organisation was done by

Begehung im Krankenhaus


Besuch im Krankenhaus mit Begehung und Festlegung der nötigen Reparatur- und Ausbaumassnahmen für 2008

Red House Classics


The Otto-Sinfoniker gave a charity concert in the great hall of the Rote Rathaus in Berlin, after that there was a concert performed by Young Voices Brandenburg in the location’s Wappensaal.

Donation by children’s clinic Hirslanden


The Zurich children’s clinic Hirslanden donates a big amount of medical equipment to Sage Hospital such as 2 birth beds, 3 CTGS, examination tables, desinfection liquid dispensers, heat lamps, etc.

See tv spot “Goldelse” by TV Berlin for details.

Fete de la Musique


The main stage of 2006’s Fete de la Musique is dedicated to Sage Hospital. Every performing artist and every member of staff is working voluntarily. The entire profit of the evening is donated to the

Donation of Glasses


Visit by Cynthia Clottey, fitting and distribution of glasses provided by European opticians.

Finishing the renovation


The first renovation is completed. Midwife accommodation, waiting room, and dispensary are finished.

Beginning to build


Building starts on the extension which is to house midwife accommodation, waiting room and dispensary.

First Baby


Visit to Senegal – commitment to build midwife accommodation, the waiting room and the dispensary, a group of private donors organised by Marlies and Peter Reichel raise 7500.00 Euros, the first baby “Peter” is admitted to the hospital; the donors finance his hospital treatment.

Trip to the Hospital


Trip to Senegal, accompanied by the documentary camera team.

Arrival of 3 tons of freight (medical equipment, medical supplies and clothing etc.)

Topping-out ceremony and official ‘adoption’ of the Hospital by The Sage Hospital e.V. , attended by Presidential aids.

Donations go to the “Joal”, youth football club.

New Roof


Reconstruction of the roof of the hospital in Warang with the help from donations from guests of the Sage Club.