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UNFPA WCARO is delighted to have championed advocacy efforts that led to African leaders making young people their top priority in all their development, peace and security initiatives. In 2017, key actors across the continent, got involved and engaged in discussions, activities, projects and programmes around the demographic dividend agenda. This helped us to further raise awareness and explore ways of enhancing our understanding of the concept of demographic dividend and what it means in operational terms. At this point, it is important to reflect on the progress made and the challenges ahead, and to also decide how to consolidate discussions around the demographic dividend and its operationalization, in order to continue our work in transforming the lives of young people.

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The strategic plan reaffirms the agency's current strategic direction, which seeks to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, focusing on women, adolescents and youth. This 2018-2021 strategic plan, aims to ensure that no one is left behind and that those furthest behind will be reached first.

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Welcome to the first Quarterly Newsletter of the UNFPA The Gambia Country Office. This newsletter, is a tool to share stories of our work in The Gambia for women, youth and adolescents and to create an opportunity for learning and sharing best practices from communities benefitting from our interventions.

In this issue, we bring you stories from our Annual Staff Retreat in Toubacouta, Senegal, the Launch of the FP2020 Working Group in The Gambia, our commemoration of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula and other exciting stories. Also, we are excited to introduce our summer interns who have been very instrumental in the production of this issue. We hope you enjoy reading this issue.


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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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