This fact sheet describes CRS' work in The Gambia. Our current programming in The Gambia includes the following areas:
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Our history in The Gambia
Catholic Relief Services began working in The Gambia in 1964 at the invitation of the Catholic bishop of Banjul. Since then, we have provided emergency relief to vulnerable people, and strengthened the food security and general health of rural households.
In 2002, CRS became the first NGO in the country to initiate a comprehensive home-based care and support program for people living with HIV. The program was a success. In the interest of strengthening local capacity, we handed over the project to a national NGO in 2005, which then replicated the project in other regions of the country in partnership with the National AIDS Secretariat.
What we do
CRS employs an integrated approach to help poor and vulnerable people lead full and productive lives. We currently provide assistance in health, agriculture, capacity strengthening and emergency response.
We implement programs in partnership with a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, local organizations, international NGOs and Caritas partners. Since 2004, we have collaborated closely with The Gambia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on a variety of life-saving health initiatives, including programs to prevent and control malaria, HIV and AIDS.
Our current work focuses on the following areas:
- HIV and AIDS
- Value chains
We are reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality through prevention and treatment. Our program targets nearly 1.2 million people. By 2015, we expect that 85 percent of the country’s most vulnerable people will use insecticide-treated bed nets correctly and that 80 percent of the country’s population will follow the appropriate steps to prevent and treat malaria. The program provides bed nets and instruction through health clinics, antenatal clinics and two national campaigns.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is funding the project for US$8.1 million during the years 2010–2015. Our partners are Caritas in The Gambia (known locally as the Catholic Development Office), The Gambia’s National Malaria Control Program and three local organizations.
HIV and AIDS
We are responding to HIV and AIDS through home-based care, community prevention and mass-media activities. The program provides high-quality prevention, treatment, care and support in order to reduce the prevalence of HIV infection and to improve the lives of those who are living with HIV and AIDS.
The Global Fund is providing nearly US$1.4 million for the program during the years 2009–2014. Our partners are ActionAid International The Gambia and the National AIDS Secretariat.
We are strengthening value chains to promote upland rice production. The program directly targets more than 12,000 rural farmers, mainly women, in Lower Saloum, Upper Saloum and Niani. The project helped these farmers produce a yield of 2.5 metric tons of rice per hectare, the highest average yield in the region.
In partnership with the Taiwanese embassy, CRS invested more than US$150,000 in private resources to fund the program during the years 2010–2012. The project is under review for an extension.
For more information about our work in The Gambia, contact our office at:
Address: 40 Atlantic Road, Fajara, P.O. Box 2361 Serrekunda, The Gambia
Tel: +220 449 8008
Fax: +220 449 8007
Cell: +220 996 7608
Country profile: The Gambia
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Fact sheet: 2 pages
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches
Posted on April 11, 2013