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Each year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in The Gambia recommits itself to delivering a Gambia where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled, through a dynamic team of staff and partners.

Our interventions in 2017 were majorly centered around UNFPA’s three transformative results: ending the unmet need for Family Planning; ending Preventable Maternal Deaths; ending Gender Based-Violence and Harmful Practices.

UNFPA The Gambia and its partners delivered life-saving work in the interest of women, youth and adolescents, including those in hard-to-reach communities. This effort was accompanied by the continuous advocacy for programmes, policies and laws that protect the reproductive health and rights of our constituents.

This 2017 report captures efforts UNFPA is taking to support sustainable development, by delivering life-saving interventions to women, adolescents and youth in The Gambia, and by highlighting major results registered through our programme interventions.

2017 was an exciting year for the country office. We launched the African Union (AU) Roadmap on Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Young People in The Gambia. To wrap up the year, we engaged a sector of society, whose role in addressing gender-based violence and fostering family wellbeing, is often under-emphasized – religious leaders – through the International Consultation on Islam and Family Wellbeing.

I thank our government and civil society partners, the country office team and most importantly the communities we serve. We look forward to intensifying our work in 2018 as we improve programme effectiveness and quality delivery of our interventions to reach those furthest behind.

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This is an assessment of the obstetric and delivery complications associated with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the management of such complications. The study was piloted in 37 government and private health facilities throughout The Gambia from 2013-2016, by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, with support from UNFPA The Gambia.

Being the first of such to be conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the main objective of the study is to provide country specific data and information on the obstetric complications of FGM in The Gambia, thus serving as reference material during educational activities on FGM complications as well as advocacy efforts geared towards changing beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, for the abandonment of the practice of FGM through social norm change.

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The new development strategy titled Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE) will cover the period 2012-2015, and has the main objective of promoting an accelerated and shared growth coupled with jobs’ creation.

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This is the maiden edition of the UNFPA Gambia Country Office bi-monthly newsletter. In this edition you will find information on capacity building initiatives by our implementing partners;  a flashback on the tenth anniversary of the coming into force of the African Youth Charter (Banjul +10), World Population Day 2016 and other exciting initiatives and stories.

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Facilities in both the public and private sector (for- profit and not -for-profit) were included.Since the focus of the assessment was obstetric and newborn care, health facilities that did not offer maternal health services were not selected.

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Estimated Budget (Dalasi/USD)

: The estimated cost of

implementing every activity and sub-activity. These

figures should be considered as broad approximations

until more detailed budgets are developed.

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The Gambia is located on the West African coast and extends about 400 km inland, with a population density of 128 persons per square kilometre. The width of the country varies from 24 to 28 kilometres and has a land area of 10,689 square kilometres. It is bordered on the North, South and East by the Republic of Senegal and on the West by the Atlantic Ocean. The country has a tropical climate characterised by 2 seasons, rainy season June-October and dry season November-May. 

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This situation analysis is an effort by the Reproductive and Child Health Unit (RCH Unit) of theDirectorate of Basic Health of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) in conjunction with UNFPA to strengthen reproductive health commodity security (RHCS) in The Gambia. Previous assessments have found shortages of commodities and weaknesses in the systems meant to ensure those commodities are available and accessible


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The Government of The Gambia first recognised and expressed the need to address population and development issues in a 1979 cabinet paper entitled “Framework for the Development of a Population Policy”.This led to the formulation of the first National Population Policy in 1992 which was revised in 1996 and in August 2006

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The Gambia is located in Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean on the west and with Senegal on the North, South and East. The river Gambia runs through the length of the country dividing it in to two parts. There is limited infrastructure like roads and electricity with decreased access to mass transportation like buses and river crossing vessels. In terms of health administration the country is divided in to six health divisions. Women comprise 51% of the population among which 23.3% are between 15-49 years. Crude birth and death rates are at 462 and 193 respectively. The dominant religion is Islam(95%) and therefore polygamy is widely practiced. Female Genital Mutilation, wife inheritance and early marriage are also components of the culture. Though the 2001 maternal mortality survey showed a decline in maternal mortality ratio, it has remained unacceptably high (730/100,000 live births), with 54.9 perinatal mortality. 

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