Meet 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow Sainabou Barra Cham

Sainabou is a trained nurse and midwife with over six years’ of professional experience.  As a passionate young health practitioner, she most recently served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureng Health Center in Jarra East, Lower River Region (LRR).  In this role, she managed the daily operations of the facility; trained auxiliary staff; and managed both human and material resources.  Sainabou is passionate about improving the health status of the community she serves with emphasis on maternal and child health.  She thinks the Fellowship will avail her chance to improve her leadership skills in public management, human resource, and procurement which are critical to advance health care services in The Gambia.  A guest lecturer at the Gambia College, one of her goals is to reduce maternal mortality.  Sainabou plans to use the Fellowship to learn best practices in the United States.  Upon her return, she intends to work on improving the standards of midwifery care in The Gambia.  She hopes to be the flagbearer of quality midwifery practices ensuring that nationwide standards are documented, communicated. and maintained.  Sainabou has a long history of serving as a health volunteer.  She serves as the Treasurer of the National Association of Gambian Nurses and Midwives.