Medical Research Council (UK), The Gambia Unit, Banjul
Yusupha Dampha, Registered Nurse Midwife
Senior Midwife, Medical Research Council (UK), The Gambia Unit
I trained as a State Registered Nurse before proceeding to pursue a career as a Registered Midwife. I have since worked in many parts of The Gambia. I have served as team leader at least in two government health facilities. My key responsibilities included monitoring all health programmes in my health district, providing supportive supervision and training of other health staff in government and non- government health facilities and in the communities.
In 2002, I left the Ministry of Health of The Gambia, and joined the Medical Research Council (UK), The Gambia Unit. For the next four years, I supervised a team of 5 Senior Community Health Nurse Midwives and 52 Traditional Birth Attendants in a major reproductive health Trial: Misoprostol in the management of the third stage of labour in the home delivery setting in rural Gambia: a randomised controlled trial.
The outcome of this trial in which one thousand two hundred and twenty nine (1229) women were recruited, proved that oral misoprostol was a promising drug in the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage, a life threatening condition which continue to be responsible for the death of several women. Today misoprostol is used widely in the world to save lives of women.
I am currently working with the same Institution in a different geographical setting on a different research theme-Nutritional research. I am now a senior midwife with responsibility of recruiting, monitoring and ensuring healthy pregnancy and delivery for women enrolled in all our research projects. I successfully completed a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health Course (DRH 2015) in Liverpool School of tropical Medicine (UK).