Dr. Saffie Lowe Ceesay

Minister of Health & Social Welfare, The Gambia

Dr. Saffie Lowe Ceesay

Minister of Health & Social Welfare, The Gambia

Biography

Honourable SAFFIE LOWE CEESAY is the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of The Gambia, a position she assumed since February, 2017. Before this assignment, Honourable SAFFIE LOWE CEESAY was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, (2015 – 2017). She served as the Principal Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare from 2006 – 2008. She also served as the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, April 2010 – November 2010.

From November 2010 to September, 2015 she was the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Personnel Management Office. She also served in the private sector with The Gambia National Insurance Company from 1990 – 1992 and Odins Limited (An Insurance Broking Company) from 1992 – 1994. She served as the Board Chairperson, Riders for health and Sheikh Zayid Regional Eye Care Centre from September, 2015 – February, 2017.

She is an advocate for the implementation of various health strategies of the World Health Organization all geared towards the advancement of health. She has participated in many national and International health meetings such as the World Health Assembly, WHOAFRO Regional Committee meetings. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management (HRM) – Middlesex University, England 2005, Bachelor’s Degree BA – English and International Development Studies – University Extension Programme (St. Mary’s University) in 1999 and a Diploma in Management Studies – Management Development Institute, 2002.

She is very professional with over twenty years’ experience in both the public and the private sector. She is a good team player and a mentor to both junior and middle-level officials.

Hon. Lowe Ceesay’s objectives during her term of office are the provision of a vibrant leadership, an enabling environment for healthcare service delivery, the reduction of maternal mortality, improve health infrastructure at primary, secondary and tertiary health care levels, to ensure the availability and retention of highly skilled and well-motivated Human Resources as well as the increment of access to quality pharmaceutical, laboratory, radiology and blood transfusion services in the country