May 28, 2008, 4:41 AM
Francis DeGaulle Njie Foundation recently held its Annual General Meeting, AGM, at the Gambia Christian Council Hall along MDI road, Kanifing, meant to review the past activities, challenges and achievements registered by the foundation.
The foundation is a charitable organisation set up by the family of the late Francis DeGaulle Njie in commemoration of the values of excellence and dedication to service he stood for throughout his lifetime.
In giving her reports, Mrs. Alaba Thomas-Mboge, the founder of the foundation, said among their objectives, is to provide support for schools and gifted students, particularly in the areas of science and technology in The Gambia.
She said they also aim to increase awareness in The Gambia of the needs of individuals diagnosed with brain tumors and other related cancers, as well as the needs of their families and careers.
She stated that some of their achievements include scholarship award which the foundation has been giving to deserving science students.
She said the foundation organises annual motivation lectures with young Gambian professional role models to share their experiences with the young people.
She further stated that the foundation, in collaboration with the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital has funded a training workshop for midwives and nurses on cervical cancer screening and detection.
For her part, Mrs. Vivat Thomas-Njie, the chairperson of the foundation said their plans include retraining of nurses to ensure that adequate staff members are available in the screening of patients at the cervical cancer screening unit and in the regional reproductive health clinic.
According to her, they work closely with the Edward Francis Small Hospital through the director of medical service to provide trained nurses and midwives in all the major health centres in the country.
For his part, Mr. Julius Freeman, the vice chairperson of the foundation, said those of them who are active members of the foundation should invite their relatives and friends to join.