Overview

OVERVIEW

 

OVERVIEW

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UNICEF has been working in The Gambia over the past 25 years to promote and protect the lives of children on national, micro, and area based levels.

The Gambia, which surrounds its river - The River Gambia - and comprises six regions: KSMD, Western Region (WR), Lower River Region (LRR), Central River Region (CRR), North Bank Region (NBR), and Upper River Region (URR). Of these six regions, URR with a population of 182,586 (Gambia Population and Housing Survey, 2003) has the poorest rating on social indicators in comparison to the other regions.

2009 saw the Mid-Term Review for the Government of the Gambia-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation (2007-2011) cycle, which focused on micro and area-base interventions in URR due to its high poverty rate.

Link to Mid-Term Review Report

The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, is surrounded by Senegal on all sides except on the west, which borders on the North Atlantic Ocean.

USEFUL INFORMATION

President: Shiekh Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J Jammeh

Vice President: Ajaratou Isatou Njie Saidy

Capital: Banjul

Nationality: Gambian

Area: 10,690 sq km

Currency: Dalasi

Natural resource: Fish

Major Foreign Exchange Earner: Tourism, Agriculture

Natural Hazards: Drought; rainfall dropped by 30% in last 30 years (The World Fact Book, July 2009 est.)

Population: 1,782,893 (The World Fact Book, July 2009 est.)

Life expectancy at birth: 64% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Population growth rate: 3.4% in 2007 (State of the World Children's Report, 2009)

Population living below the International Poverty Line of $1.25 a day: 34% (State of the World Children's Report, 2009)

Infant Mortality rate: 93 per 1,000 (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Under-5 mortality rate: 131 per 1,000 (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Vitamin A supplementation for U-5: 80.1% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Antenatal care provided by skilled personnel: 97.8% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Fully immunized children: 74.5% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Birth registration: 62% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Literacy 15-24yrs: 43.1% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Primary school completion rate: 73.6 % (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Primary school gender parity index: female 1.03 (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Comprehensive knowledge about HIV prevention among young people: 39.2% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Prevalence of female genital cutting: 78.3% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Marriage before 18yrs: 48.7% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Households consuming iodised salt: 6.6% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Population using improved drinking water sources: 85.1% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

Population using improved sanitation facilities: 84.2% (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey III 2005)

 

 

 

 

UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report, 2009

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