The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled, with a mandate which focuses on sexual and reproductive health care for women, youth and adolescents, by working towards achieving three (3) transformative results:

  • Ending unmet need for Family Planning;
  • Ending Preventable Maternal Deaths;
  • Ending Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices;

and population and development.

Working in The Gambia for about 4 decades now, UNFPA The Gambia is currently implementing its 8th Country Programme, which in the interest of maximising programme impact and results, focuses on two (2) outcome areas enabled by gender and human rights programming, namely:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health;
  • Adolescents and Youth.

Through its Sexual and Reproductive Health programmes and interventions, UNFPA The Gambia works towards the reduction of maternal mortality, ensuring availability of basic and emergency obstetric care for women and access to family planning information services.

Through its Adolescent and Youth outcome component, UNFPA The Gambia promotes policies and programmes that ensure the empowerment of young people, guarantees the reproductive health of the youth population, encourages holistic investments in young Gambians and supports the accelerated abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage.

In addition, in a bid to strengthen population and development, the agency supports the government of The Gambia in conducting population censuses (census preparation, data collection and analyses) and other ad hoc demographic and health surveys.