Government of The Gambia
Since its establishment in 1999, Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK) has collaborated with the Government of The Gambia seeking the recognition of FGM/C as a public health issue.
The Office of the Vice-President (OVP) has been a key supporter of our initiatives, having opened the political dialogue on FGM/C.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), through the Reproductive and Child Health Unit and the Regional Health Teams, works hand in hand with WGK on the National Training Programme for the Management and Prevention of FGM/C in The Gambia, training of health professionals throughout the country.
We also work closely with the Women's Bureau on the promotion and protection of women's rights. The results of our clinical research have been presented to the Supreme Islamic Council, and have also been used to inform the development of the National Plan of Action on FGM/C.
Cuban Medical Mission in The Gambia
The Cuban Medical Mission in The Gambia (CMM-T) is partner of the Government of The Gambia in the support of the public health system. The CMM-T is key to the Gambian health system accounting for more than 80% of the total doctors of the country. The members of the mission stay in The Gambia on a two year rotatory basis.
CMM-T is one of the older partners of Wassu Gambia Kafo, and has been involved in the development of the Academic Curriculum and the training manual used as the basis for the training of health professionals, students and tutors. All the members of the mission are trained by Wassu Gambia Kafo.
University of The Gambia
The University of The Gambia (UTG) provides the academic support to the introduction of the training on FGM/C in The Gambia. Wassu Gambia Kafo, in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (SMAHS) and the Cuban Medical Mission in The Gambia, developed an Academic Curriculum where FGM/C appears as a cross-curricular subject (anatomy, physiology, psychology, gyneco-obstetrics, pediatrics and community medicine). Now implemented at all medical, public health, nursing and midwifery schools.
Wassu Gambia Kafo also works with the tutors from SMAHS and with the Union of University Students (UNIGAMSA), in order to support SMAHS with the provision of a fully functional computer lab with an IT technician dedicated to both students and tutors and with numerous donations of teaching materials and laboratory equipment.
Community-Based Medical Training Programme
In 2006, the Governments of Cuba and The Gambia agreed to implement the Community-Based Medical Training Programme (CBMP) in The Gambia, in order to train highly qualified doctors to meet the health needs of the nation at rural hospitals, with a special focus in community medicine. Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK) guarantees the training of all students in the four teaching units across the country on the identification and management of FGM/C health consequences, providing them with tools to prevent the practice. In the framework of a project to build their capacities in social research, students have also participated in the collection of data for the study on Knowledge, Atittudes and Practices of Health Professionals in The Gambia conducted by WGK.
Schools of Nursing & Midwifery
• School of Enrolled Community Health Nurses and Midwives (ECHN/M) of Mansakonko
• School of Nurses and Midwives (SONAM) of Banjul
• School of Enrolled Nurses and Midwives (SEN/M) of Bansang
Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK) works hand in hand with all nursing and midwifery schools throughout the country to ensure that future health professionals are well prepared to identify and manage FGM/C health consequences, and sensitized on the importance of taking preventive action. The School of Enrolled Community Health Nurses and Midwives (ECHN/M) of Mansakonko has also been involved in the scientific research on FGM/C conducted by WGK, in the framework of a project to build students' capacity on social research.
Gambia College - School of Public Health
Wassu Gambia Kafo collaborates actively with the Gambia College-School of Public Health (GC-SPH) in order to conduct the training of Public Health tutors and students on the identification and management of FGM/C health consequences, providing them with tools to prevent the practice.