Fatou Gaye (* 29 November 1969 in Bijilo, Kombo North, The Gambia) is a Gambian nurse and midwife.
Fatou Gaye completed a training at Gambia School for Enrolled Nurses before she started to work as General Nurse in 1994, serving in several Gambian clinics. She enrolled in the Gambia School of Nursing & Midwifery in 2004, passed her exams in 2007, and has been working as a midwife ever since.
In 2009, after two years serving as midwife to women in all imaginable states of personal situations, she realized that her determination doesn’t allow her to stop caring after welcoming a new-born. She also understood that a girl’s fortune is extremily fragile and much too easy to shake when a family’s good luck is undermined due to rough circumstances.
Consequently, in 2012, she founded together with family and friends the Sheikh Tihami Ibrahim Nyass Foundation, to shelter her women-focussed clinic and a girls’ shelter (Darra, as the name for children’ shelters is in Gambia).
Ever since, Fatou Gaye is serving voluntarely as the Foundation’s Secretary and as Mother of the Darra’s girls beside continuing working as Head of Midwifery of her clinic.
Her outstanding engagement for the professionalization of midwifery, antenatal and postnatal care as well as the fostering and nursing of disadvantaged girls in The Gambia lead to
- the awarding as Gambia Woman of the Year 2014 by influential Gambian news broadcaster What’s on Gambia,
- a Letter of Appreciation of Kunkujang Keitaya Lower and Upper Basic School, in 2019,
- and to awarding as a second winner of German Afrika! Community Award – sponsored by MoneyGram, in 2019.