BAFROW Banjul HQ
214 Tafsir Demba Mbye St.
Tobacco Road Estate
PO Box 2854 Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4223270
The Gambia Foundation for Research on Women's Health,
Productivity and the Environment
(BAFROW) was established in Banjul in July 1991 as a
registered NGO and became a charitable trust in 1992.
The civil society organisation's main areas of focus
is on women's social empowerment, health, environmental
issues and economic welfare.
BAFROW aims to help the central government's development
programs via its economic and social empowerment schemes
with the aim of improving the welfare of people living
in certain communities. These programs are executed
at the local, regional and countrywide levels which
includes the Upper River Region, Central River Region,
the Greater Banjul area, Western River Region and the
The organisation is funded by monies created by its
founders and revenues generated through consultation
research and related services. Its community schemes
are financed by donations and grants made within The
Gambia and from international donors.
BAFROW's future vision is a wider and more inclusive
view of the individual's capacity, with a large focus
on enhanced knowledge, skills building and information.
Their ultimate goal is to ensure Gambian people have
social, economic and political empowerment, to allow
citizens, especially women, to make better informed
decisions on issues that have an effect on their lives.
And finally, to take part in and benefit from national
and local community development programs and to demand
their rights and improve their quality of life and health.
• Provide & support healthcare
services such as reproductive & sexual health, child
& maternal health & prevention of HIV/Aids &
• Advocate & support activities
on women & environmental management & protection.
• Create action research programs and mobilize campaigns
against detrimental cultural practices such as female
genital mutilation (FGM) in Gambia, promote alternative
rights of passage and encourage positive traditional
• Spread awareness about political,
social, economic and environmental issues and allow
groups to give meaning of such issues and express means
for actions dealing with them.
• Push for women's economic empowerment through village
savings schemes, micro-financing and capacity building
in enterprise management and planning.
• Reinforce institutional and community capacity,
civic empowerment, community involvement in socio-economic
development at all stages as beneficiaries and partners.
• Produce empirical data and gender analysis about
females and issues related to their capacity based on
pilot projects, case studies and research.
• Advance women's and girls education through advocating
for the keeping of girls at all grades within the schooling
system and basic literacy tuition for women who have
been by-passed or neglected by the education establishment.
• Encourage a high rate of networking between community
groups in the rural and urban areas.
and strengthen Youth Advocacy Groups of BAFROW for the
prevention of HIV/AIDS in Gambia.
BAFROW is lead by a director who is helped by a deputy
and various program coordinators for the following:
• Action research, M&E, documentation and information
• Economic & social empowerment
of communities & women.
• Environment and
• Mobile clinics.
• Well Woman and Family Clinics
• Youth Empowerment and reproductive
Serrekunda Well Woman and Family Clinic
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
Tel no: +220 373 7411