By Ramatolie Jawo
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Honourable Fatou Kinteh on Friday briefed the National Assembly select committee on gender about the activities of her ministry.
She said her ministry initiated a project called ‘Kabilo Baama’ an initiative funded by UNFPA and Gambia government piloted in Lower River Region.
The initiative, the Minister added, is implemented in partnership with the representatives of the child health unit of the ministry of health.
Minister Kinteh said the initiative was aimed at improving clinic attendance by women and children through the participation of the community and enhancing income of women and families through small business initiatives.
“During the pilot phase, 58 communities in Kiang East and West were reached and 174 women and men (were) trained on livelihood skills,” she said.
Honourable Kinteh highlighted that early booking, antenatal attendance and institutional deliveries have improved resulting in positive pregnancy outcomes and limited complication due to pregnancy, thanks to the initiative.
“We also trained women about reproductive system so that they can know what to do when they are pregnant, what kind of food they should eat during pregnancy, and and also when to visit the hospital for their antenatal care to reduce maternal mortality in the Gambia,” she said.