Dr A.B. Hatib Njie - MB ChB; MSc (MCH); MRCOG; FWACS

A Gambian national by birth, Dr Njie obtained his medical degrees of MB ChB from the University of Bristol School of Medicine in 1967, and undertook specialization training in Obstetrics and Gynaecological in the Professorial Units of the University of Bristol and the Royal Postgraduate Medical College, Hammersmith Hospital, London respectively. He obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1972, became of Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in 1975 and in 1980 obtained a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of London Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street, London, specialising in mother and Child Health.

Dr Njie returned home to The Gambia in 1973 rising to the rank of Senior Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the (now) Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital. He moved to the Ministry of Health in 1980 as Assistant Director of Medical Services and to Director of Medical Services in 1985, in which posts he became intimately involved in the roll-out of the Gambia’s first Primary Health Care Action Plan.

Dr Njie was seconded to the World Health Organization in 1989 first as Team Leader of the reproductive and child health intercountry support team in Bamako, Mali, from where he was transferred to the WHO Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo as the Regional Adviser on Reproductive and Child Health in 1990. From 1994 to 2000, he held the post of WHO Country Representative in Uganda and between 2000 and 2002 the position of Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of the Director General in Geneva.