Nov 11, 2009, 1:20 PM
two-day training of trainers on reproductive health at Banyaka health center in
West Coast Region recently ended at the health centre.
The capacity building forum was supported by Saint John Solidarity Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, with the help of Gloria Martinez and Teresa Mas Montane.
The training, the second of its kind, was aimed at educating the participants on reproductive health and other family planning methods.
Speaking on the occasion, Abdoulie Baldeh, officer-in-charge of Banyaka health centre, said the training was part of a project on reproductive health which is realised as a result of a personal request he made to the donors.
He said the project is to enable the community of Banyaka and its environs to benefit by learning more about reproductive health and related issues that affect women during childbirth.
Mr Baldeh explained that the training of trainers targeted fifteen girls and the main discussion centred on reproductive health while the first training under the project was on family planning methods.
The topics discussed, during the recent one, included how delivering is conducted and possible complications and other issues like fertilisation and the mensuration circle.
“The first training was very successfully, and this one also is very successful,” Mr Baldeh said while expressing appreciation to the sponsors for their continued support.
He pointed out that it is also part of their agenda to sensitise schools as a way of combating school dropout due to unwanted pregnancy.
Gloria Martinez, for her part, expressed delight for working with the community of Banyaka.
She said her ambition is to help the less privileged people in the society especially in the area of reproductive health.
“We have brought a lot of projects in The Gambia all geared towards helping women in the area of reproductive health and related health concerns,” she said. “We are delighted to work and give support to the Gambian community to create more awareness on reproductive health.”
Musa Camara, representative of Banyaka health centre, commended the sponsors for their support, saying the importance of the training cannot be over-emphasised.