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At a glance: Gambia


A public pledge to end Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting in Gambia
DARSILAMI, Gambia, 22 June 2009 – The festive atmosphere in this village in the Upper River Region was reminiscent of a wedding. But the singing and dancing was, in fact, part of celebration at which 24 neighbouring villages publicly declared the end of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) practises in their communities

‘Progress for Children’: Simple measures produce a rise in Gambian birth registration
BRIKAMA, Gambia, 18 December 2007  The scene is a familiar one at the Brikama Major Health Centre these days. Just south of Gambia’s capital, a group of colourfully dressed women wait eagely in line with infants strapped to their backs, or holding toddlers by the hand. Three days a week, women come here for one important reason  to register their children’s birth.

‘One-stop’ clinic helps new mothers keep their children healthy in Gambia
FAJIKUNDA, Gambia, 11 January 2007 – In September, Sarata Hydara gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the health clinic here in Fajikunda. In the first two weeks he grew nearly half a kilogram, which she learned when nurses weighed him.

A Gambian community learns the importance of safe water
KANIFING, Gambia, 28 December 2006 – Over a year ago Ebo Town was struck by cholera, and 40,000 people were infected with the disease – one of the forms of diarrhoea that kills 2.2 million people every year, most of them children.

Mothers Clubs playing a crucial role advocating for girls’ education in Gambia
SARE SAMBA, Gambia, 18 December 2006 – Girls growing up in Gambia’s farming communities are often faced with a tough life. Very little emphasis is put on education. Instead, they are usually forced into early marriages and are expected to do farming work and take care of the home.

A second chance for children and families living with HIV in Gambia
BANJUL, Gambia, 23 June 2006 – Like most six-year-old girls, Isatou enjoys snacking – in her case, on bananas. She likes to go to school, play ball and most of all, spend time with her family.

BANJUL, Gambia, 9 December, 2005 – Over 200 people, including the President of Gambia, members of the cabinet, the diplomatic community, and heads of government departments joined UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners to launch the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign on 30 November.

Mothers’ zeal in the Gambia gets girls into school
SARE SAMBA & JATTABA, The Gambia, 27 June 2005 - The young actor steps forward. “My daughter will not go to school. There is no value in these western teachings. She will stay at home, do the cooking and find a husband.” He stamps his foot; the audience laughs.

Concern in West Africa as locust crisis worsens
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 – A 12-country emergency meeting in Dakar, Senegal has decided to use national armed forces to help combat the devastating spread of desert locusts in West Africa.




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