Participants take the lead: Training results January - June 2013

The first semester of 2013 brings promising perspectives for the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in The Gambia. Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK) has built the capacities of 593 women and men on the health consequences of the practice, opening dialogue on different ways to prevent and eliminate it.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, WGK implemented a strategy to train all Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Central River Region. As a preliminary step, health professionals supervising TBA's work participated in a three day training session on FGM/C. Once aware of the health consequences of the practice, they led the process of sharing this knowledge with community leaders and TBAs in the region.

At the same time, WGK has trained students at the School of Enrolled Nurses and Midwives (SEN/M), all tutors at the School of Public Health (SPH) and members of the Cuban Medical Mission in the Gambia in 4 different hospitals and major health centres across the country.

Through a respectful dialogue, WGK's dream is becoming a reality. People empowered with knowledge promote change at community level, as one of the participants explains months after being trained:

"After the training, I started to sensitize people about the complications related to labour, noting that it adversely affects our work as TBAs."

C.J., Traditional Birth Attendant