Sunday, 22nd May, 2022: Millions of women around the world suffer in silence with obstetric fistula, many of them in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is an injury that causes faecal and/or urinary incontinence. It occurs when a hole develops between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum due to unattended prolonged, obstructed labour, which in turn is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths in developing countries. Survivors with this condition are often ostracised by loved ones and from their communities; deprived of their dignity, self-respect and self-pride; and forced to live with their injury in shame, depression and poverty for years.

For the past twelve years, BAFROW, in partnership with the International Development Bank (IDB), has been complementing national efforts to prevent and end this injury through diverse awareness and sensitization activities. At the same time, it has been conducting surgeries on injured women and providing those who have been repaired with skills and knowledge that would enable them to successfully return to their respective communities with a regained sense of dignity and self-respect.  READ MORE

Watch our Obstetric Fistula Awareness video

Watch our documentary,  Regaining Women’s Dignity – BAFROW’s comprehensive programme to end obstetric fistula

About us

We are a national non-governmental and non-profit organization based in The Gambia. Our Social and Economic Empowerment programme aims to complement the government’s development efforts and contributes to the attainment of related sustainable development goals (SDGs). Our focus is on three major interrelated areas: health, economic and social empowerment, and environmental issues.

We operate clinics under our Health component including BAFROW Medical Centre and the Well Woman Clinics. We provide the highest standards in medical service delivery as well as lifesaving information and knowledge on health matters. 

Our Economic Empowerment component strengthens the capacity of girls and women in various life skills for economic sustenance, improved nutrition and health-seeking behaviour. 

Health care delivery

Our medical services contribute to the reduction of illnesses and deaths in The Gambia through the provision of integrated health preventive and clinical care, maternal and child health care, and nutritional orientation to all.

Our work therefore responds to both the national health policy goals and the United Nation’s health related Sustainable Development Goals.

Our projects: a glance