I am passionate aboutI am passionate about eye health issues like Glaucoma eye disease,
Non-Communicable Diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer, Cholesterol
and Women and Girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues.
I am involved in these issues because eye problems like Glaucoma is the
leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world and a lot of Gambians
are affected with this condition. It has affected the lives of many people in
my community and some of them have become permanently bind. When people
become blind in my country they lose their jobs, or they will not be
employed, and they end up becoming beggars in the streets. In most cases, the
girl child in the family drops out of school and goes out to beg with her
parents or siblings. This deprive the girl from her right to education,
unlocking her potentials and contributing in national development.
Non-Communicable Diseases has increased the morbidity and mortality rates in
my country. The incidence of hypertension, Diabetes and high Cholesterol
levels can be reduced in my community by providing health education at
grassroot levels in our communities targeting the youth and the elderly. When
community members are aware of the diseases conditions and its preventive
measures the morbidity and mortality rate will reduce drastically.
Problems affecting women and girls has also increased unemployment and
poverty rates among the youth population leaving them vulnerable to violence
and sexual abuse. Empowering women and girls through vocational skills
training such as photography, graphics designs, hair dressing, make-up and
food services will create job opportunities for them as most of them will
start their own businesses. Educating women and girls on sexual and
reproductive health issues such as menstrual hygiene, sex education, family
planning, STDs, HIV/AIDS and providing reusable sanitary pads for the less
privileged girls in our communities will keep them in school, empower them
and give them opportunities.
ActionsTo create positive changes and be innovative in my community, I initiated a
Community Based Organization called Eye Care For All, where we provide free
home-based and community eye care services for the less privileged such as
orphans, refugees, people living with disabilities, the elderly and prisoners
living in The Gambia. I was able to able to register the organization and
recruit 30 active volunteers.
Currently, I am implementing a nationwide project on Glaucoma eye disease
funded by the US embassy in The Gambia. I sensitize community members on
Glaucoma eye disease using community Bantaba settings, focus group
discussions, community schools, and community radio stations. For those
living with disabilities, I transcribe sensitization messages to braille and
interpret them in sign language during sensitization programs. I also use
dram spots and cultural songs produced by community local artists and women
groups living in the communities for edutainment purposes.
Partnering with a friend, we initiated a Not-For Profit Organization called
Prospect For Girls where we empower women and girls through vocational skills
training such as tailoring, driving, food services, photography,
hairdressing, make -up and graphics design. We also empower them through
health education on Non-Communicable Diseases and Sexual and Reproductive
issues like hypertension, diabetes, cancer, sex education, menstrual hygiene,
STIS and family planning services. This will help create job opportunities
for young people as many of them will start a business and employ others
after skills training.
To contribute to the global sustainable development goals, and contribute to
economic development, I started a small business called Girls’ Pride. I
order reusable sanitary pads and sell them to the less privileged girls and
women at affordable prices in my country. To provide my products in a
different way, I offer free health education to my customers on menstrual