Bafrow Medical Centre

Providing quality,affordable and accessible health care services.

Bafrow Medical Centre

Mandinaba Model Village

Bafrow's Model Centre in Mandinaba showcases our holistic,comprehensive and human centered approach to sustainable development.

Female Genital Cutting

BAFROW's comprehensive and integrated FGMC prevention program advocates for a restructured rites of passage of girls that excludes cutting

Fistula Prevention and Management

The first Fistula treatment and rehabilitation centre in The Gambia has increased treatment of Fistula patients.

'Dundal Njoboot' High Protein Cereal

Bafrow's campaign on nutritional re-orientation has made significant progress in the reduction of malnutrition in The Gambia. Dundal Njoboot is now a household name in The Gambia

Women's Empowerment

Through functional literacy, communities and women in particular have been empowered with knowledgde and skills that enables them to make their own decisions including protection of their sexual and reproductive rights


Women play major roles in the marketing and distributing foods and other commodities in the Gambia. More than half of these community women are traders. They must usually sell their goods immediately whether the market prices are favourable or not to raise cash to meet daily living expenses. Without a lending or credit system for women, economic pursuits are not likely to progress beyond petty trading, and limited agricultural pursuits beyond bringing in a pittance.

Yet, with a credit system in place, successful and profitable enterprises have the potential to transform individual and community life. With community economic action in place, development increases and sustainability becomes institutionalized and permanent. In addition, income generation activities mobilize women and their communities to even greater participatory action. Women have particular trouble in meeting the collateral requirements in the formal banking system, they may be involved in agricultural production of staple and cash crops, but title to land is vested in their husbands and close male relatives. Being effectively shut out of a potential source of collateral, women's access to credit is limited.

BAFROW's banking and credit scheme is instrumental in allowing for the high level of momentum of income generating in communities and in creating sustainability of the projects. One of the most innovative aspects of the credit system is the provision of loans to the literacy participants and BAFROW women's support groups, and at the same time ensuring that concerns for their health and social development are adequately addressed. Health needs are assessed as part of the loan application, and participants are encouraged to open individual and group savings accounts to tackle the identified priority health problems faced by individuals, families and the community.

A number of small businesses have emerged as a result of this scheme. They include bakeries, agro-related actives such as farming, horticulture, food processing, sewing, mini-markets, retailing etc. The great challenge for BAFROW is to assist these small businesses to graduate into medium enterprises.


In its aim to improve the economic and general living status of women living in the Gambia, BAFROW embarked on a pilot micro-credit project which sponsored twenty-five women from five communities to increase their economic abilities and strengthen their active participation in the lives of their families, communities and the broader society by training them in relevant indigenous trades and enabling them to access micro-credit to realise their investment potential.

This project is in line with BAFROW's broader strategy and approach under the BAFROW Indigenous Lending and Saving Scheme (BLISS) and has the following as objectives:



  •  Financial resources to strengthen the "Lending and Savings   Scheme"
  •  Technical assistance to upgrade the village bank
  •  Modern equipment for processing and packaging various  types of products, dried as well as liquid
  •  Technical assistance in support of this scheme and to train  local staff to improve the quality of food processing and  packaging and marketing of the products, and for  sustainability

  †   BAFROW Seeks Additional Assistance to Strengthen        this Program:

Photo Gallery

Visit of IDB President to BAFROW’s fistula Centre EGDC Director to Bafrows Fistula Centrre  First baby of 2016 at BAFROW Clinic

Presentation of gifts to parents of the  first baby

Show of gratitude and appreciation Awareness raising in communities Friends of BAFROW