17 December 2012

Gambia: Footballer Pa Modou Jagne Sets Up Foundation Seeks to Support Maternal Health, Sports.

Gambian International Player based in Switzerland, Pa Modou Jagne, alias Nda, and his family have established a Foundation to help improve the maternity unit of the health sector in the country.

The foundation also seeks to develop youth talents through football clinics on a strong educational foundation for children. The Foundation which is officially called Nda Mariam Jagne Family Foundation will be launched on the 21 December at the Paradise Suites Hotel.

At a press briefing held last Friday, ,Pa Modou explained that the reason why he sets up the foundation is to give back to the Gambian community. He added that when he was two years of age, his mother died due to pregnancy complications. He said he does not want any child to grow up like how he grew up without his mother. Pa Modou said he does not want any mother to die due to pregnancy complications.

For her part, Ndey Mariam Jagne, the wife of Pa Modou, said their Foundation is a charititable organisation registered on 11 October 2012. She said their focus is on maternal health care to reduce maternal mortality. According to Ndey Mariam, they will also be establishing a sports clinic so that they can help young people who want to take up football as a career with emphasis on education, adding that the country needs footballers with good academic records. She said they are of the believe that both football and education can go together at the same time. She said. they want to promote education through the sports clinic, noting that with education there is life after football.

On the health aspect, Ndey Maria said the Foundation will help the maternal care sector by providing equipment and infrastructural support. For a start, she said they will focus on Essau and Brikama for a start but hope to expand in other parts of the country, especially in the rural area. She explained that both health facilities were visited and they have discovered that they are in need of support. Their first intervention, she said, will be in the Essau Health Centre in the North Bank Region. For Essau, she explained that when a woman has complication during labor, she has to be transported to the RVTH Hospital in Banjul and that if the ferry closes at that time it means the woman will be transported to Farafenni Hospital which will be very difficult for her to go through during labor. Giving her experience, Mariam said 8 months ago when she was in labor, she went through a lot but thanks to the quality health care services she received in Switzerland. Every woman in the country, she said, deserves to have quality health care and treatment during pregnancy and a safe delivery like she had. She said there are many issues that need to be addressed in the maternity unit and that can only be done to give them support for the maternity health sector to improve.

The Foundation will support health care initiative in the country through visits and placements of medical practitioners from Europe in Gambian health facilities to enhance not only service delivery but also provide skills transfer. They will also be working with various sectors, organisations and individuals such as the Gambia Government, hospitals, partners and volunteers, amongst others

After the official launch on the 21st December, the Foundation will be holding a football clinic on December 22 at the Manjai Field and on the 26th which falls on Nda's birthday; they will be visiting Brikama Health Centre to give gifts to the patients and health centre

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