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Mandela Fellow to Share Experience at Penn Nursing

Sainabou Barra Cham, a 2019 recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, joined Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) for a one-month training opportunity. On Thursday, August 29th, she will share her experience as a Fellow, and what her time here was like. She will also detail her work as a nurse and midwife in The Gambia. For details about the special presentation and to RSVP, please click here.

While at Penn Nursing, Cham was under the mentorship of Kimberly Kovach Trout, PhD, CNM, APRN, Assistant Professor of Women’s Health, and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Track.

Cham is a trained nurse and midwife with over six years of professional experience. As a passionate young health practitioner, she most recently served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureng Health Center in Jarra East, Lower River Region (LRR), The Gambia.  In this role, she managed the daily operations of the facility, trained auxiliary staff, and managed both human and material resources.  She has a long history of serving as a health volunteer and serves as the Treasurer of the National Association of Gambian Nurses and Midwives.

She is passionate about improving the health status of the community she serves with emphasis on maternal and child health. As a guest lecturer at the Gambia College, one of her goals is to reduce maternal mortality. Barra Cham plans to use the Fellowship to learn best practices in the United States.  Upon her return, she intends to work on improving the standards of midwifery care in The Gambia.  She hopes to be the flag-bearer of quality midwifery practices ensuring that nationwide standards are documented, communicated, and maintained. 

The mission of the CGWH is to promote the health and facilitate the value and empowerment of women and girls through research, practice, and education.  The CGWH advocates for policies and programs that illuminate social injustices, conserve environmental resources, and reduce violence and discrimination against women and girls; empowers women to lead in their institutions, communities, and nations as well as in their homes; and forges innovative solutions to promote the health of women and girls, partner with them to manage symptoms of health-related conditions, and improve their quality of life across the lifespan.