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HISTORY

About our organization


Roots Health Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Everett, Washington. It is set up by a group of U.S.-trained Gambian Anesthesia providers.

Mission 

To promote better perioperative service delivery in The Gambia (West Africa).

Aims & Objectives 

1. Collaborate with organizations and institutions in the United States (USA) and The Gambia that share the association’s mission and aspirations.

2. Provide clinical support to local Anesthesia providers in The Gambia. 

3.  Build a Continuing Education (CE) program for Anesthesia and other healthcare professionals in  The Gambia 

4. Provide curriculum development support to The University of the Gambia Anesthesia program  

5. Solicit for donation of Anesthesia and other preoperative items for the country 

6. Provide mentorship to local Anesthesia professionals and students 

7. Arrange medical mission trips to The Gambia by liaising with other medical groups/organizations based in the   USA 

Board of Directors

Ebou Cham, President

Ebou Cham, MSN, CRNA is a founding member of Roots Health Gambia. He was born in the twin villages of Albreda/Juffureh located in the northern bank of The Gambia, West Africa. Prior to his travels, Mr. Cham worked for The Gambia Department of Forestry. As a young forest ranger, Cham witnessed first-hand the jarring global health challenges faced by the rural community where his motorbike was often borrowed as a make-shift ambulance transporting sick people to nearby resource-bereft health centers.


After moving to the United States, Mr. Cham earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Washington Bothell in 2008 with Faculty Honors. In recognition of his academic excellence and serving as an inspiration to others, Mr. Cham was awarded the 2008 U W Bothell Chancellor’s Medal.
Ebou later graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 2014. While at Georgetown, he served as a graduate teaching assistant.
Ebou now serves as the Interim Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Harborview Medical Center, a level 1 trauma Center in Seattle, Washington. Ebou won the 2022 Washington State Advanced Practice Nurse of the year by March of Dimes Heroes in Action. He was also a 2021 nominee for Nurse Leader of the year at his institution.

As a global health enthusiast, Mr. Cham traveled to Liberia with the Operation International medical mission team in 2019. He has also made multiple trips to The Gambia with Roots Health Gambia to further global health initiatives and advancements in his native country.

Winifred Sidibe, Vice President

Winifred Sidibe, MSN, CRNA is a founding member of Roots Health Gambia. Born and raised in Churchill’s town in The Gambia, She moved to The United states as a teenager where she earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science in 2004 and later went on to earn a 2nd bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Spalding university in 2006.

Winifred received her Master of science in nurse anesthesia in 2013 from Central Connecticut State University. Her work experience took her from The Bronx, New York to Fairview Southdale in Edina Minnesota where she works as a staff CRNA. Her love for healthcare led her back to The Gambia on multiple mission trips with Roots Health Gambia to assist in strengthening the knowledge of fellow CRNA professionals.

Lang Conteh, Treasurer

Lang Conteh is originally from The Gambia, West Africa, born and raised in Baddibou Banni in the northern part of the country. Lang came to the United States immediately after finishing high school. He completed his Bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Washington Bothell in 2008 with Faculty Honors. He then worked as a Registered Nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System for three years. Afterwards, he relocated to Pittsburgh were he completed his anesthesia training and earned his Master of science in nurse anesthesia from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, and he was also awarded with the University of Pittsburgh Susan Nath Bywaters Endowment Award. 

Lang is a Nurse Anesthetist at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), a tertiary academic teaching institution in Seattle, Washington. He has been a Nurse Anesthetist since 2014 at UWMC, taking care of both healthy and critically ill patients at UWMC, and other community hospitals in the area. He has worked in multiple specialties including Cardiac Structural and Valvular Hearts, Transplants, Neurosurgical, Otolaryngology, General Surgical, Plastics, Urology, Ortho-Spine, and he is the 2016 UWMC CRNA of the Year Award recipient. 

As a member of Roots Health Gambia, since its founding, Lang has made multiple trips to The Gambia representing the organization in its mission, hence contributing to advancing healthcare in The Gambia in collaboration with other health professionals. 

Sulayman Jobarteh, CRNA

Sulayman Jobarteh, Secretary

Sulayman Jobarteh, CRNA is a founding member of Roots Health Gambia and comes from Janjangbureh in the Central River region of The Gambia. Sulayman earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the St Mary’s University Extension program in 1996. After working for the National Agricultural Research Instituted (NARI) in The Gambia for a few years, he moved to the United States in 2000. Sulayman earned his first master’s degree in nursing from University of Washington Bothell in 2014. And in 2018, he obtained his second Master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Since 2019, Sulayman has been working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as a staff anesthetist. This is the only Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma and Burn Hospital serving 5 states.

Sulayman’s desire and enthusiasm to help improve perioperative care in his native Gambia led him to join hands with his colleagues to establish Roots Health Gambia. For Sulayman, this collaboration is
fueled in part by a tragic family event and the desire to help prevent other families from going through similar difficulties.

Outside of his involvement in global health, Sulayman has also attended several soccer coaching classes with the US Soccer Federation and is a licensed coach. He was one-time head coach of the Seagam soccer team, a team comprised of Gambian and other players based in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. While he was coach, the team enjoyed several years of success.

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