Press Release: First Lady’s Foundation Partners with Al Balsam International on Health Promotion
First Lady’s Foundation Partners with Al Balsam International on Health Promotion
State House, Banjul, 28th June 2021: On the sidelines of His Excellency President Adama Barrow’s official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The First Lady Fatou Bah-Barrow’s Foundation -(FABB), formalized its relationship with Al-Balsam International, a Saudi Arabian organisation with a Swiss registration. The medical organisation is now working on supporting the First Lady’s Foundation in its strides to complement the government’s efforts in the health sector.
Following his meeting with the First Lady, CEO Dr Emad Bin Abdullah Bukhari expressed gratitude for the cooperation and praised the support offered during their fact-finding journey in The Gambia, which allowed them to visit numerous health facilities with the First Lady.
The Foundation and Al Balsam are collaborating to provide medical facilities with materials and health specialist as well as working on other projects to improve gynaecological and pediatric health in the Gambia. Dr Bukhari expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, saying they plan to visit The Gambia soon to provide support in the eye and pediatric surgery fields. This is in addition to the relief assistance already provided for the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Lady Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow expressed her commitment to raising the standard of health care delivery in health institutions and recognised the partnership with the Al Balsam as integral to the realisation of this objective. Her Excellency also noted that she is working through her Foundation to provide help to vulnerable groups in The Gambia. This is in line with her advocacy for the provision of better healthcare and welfare services for women and children.