- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Gambia: Floods - Sep 2012
- Sahel Crisis: 2011-2017
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Gambia: Floods - Sep 2009
- Gambia: Local Storm - Jul 2009
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2008
- Gambia: Severe Local Storm - Jun 2008
- Gambia: Floods and Landslide - Jul 2007
More than 3 billion people- nearly half the world’s population- are at risk for malaria, a preventable disease spread by mosquitoes. Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), are one of the most effective tools in preventing malaria and reducing deaths.
WFP has started collaboration with UNICEF and its government counterparts on the use of the SCOPE beneficiary registration and transfer management platform.
The launching of the joint nutrition project (Envelope B) was conducted in June.
An event to celebrate the advancements and achievements in Malaria reduction in The Gambia was held on the 11th of July 2017. Speaking at the celebration reception on behalf of the Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and, on behalf of the entire UN system working in the Gambia, Professor Jean-Marie Dangou, WHO Representative in the Gambia commended the Government, people of The Gambia, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, National Malaria Control Programme, health workers and development partners for the extraordinary achievements.
By Kieran Guilbert
DAKAR, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambia could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease but more donor funds are needed for the "last mile" of the drive, health experts said on Wednesday.
The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under five has plunged to 0.2 percent from 4 percent in 2011, according to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP).
- WFP, FAO and Government of The Gambia partners national consultations on Purchase from African for Africans with the objective of identifying challenges, constraints and potential for production across the value chain.
A total of 80,229 schoolchildren and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in April. WFP provided food assistance to pre and primary school children in Greater Banjul Area, West Coast, Lower River, Central River, North Bank and Upper River Regions.
GENEVA (8 June 2017) – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* will undertake its first official visit to The Gambia from 12 to 19 June.
During the mission, a delegation comprised by Ms. Houria Es-Slami, who currently heads the Working Group, and Mr. Henrikas Mickevicius, will study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances.
- WFP, FAO and government partners conducted regional community consultations on Purchase from African for Africans with the objective of identifying challenges, constraints and potential for production across the value chain.
West Africa has witnessed a series of peaceful presidential and legislative elections, held in accordance with democratic standards and principles recognized by the African Union, ECOWAS and the United Nations. Contrary to undemocratic practices in the past, marked by coups d’état and protracted regimes, political change is gradually taking root in the region.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Erratic rains affected 2016 crop production
Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed
Erratic rainfall resulted in below-average 2016 cereal harvest
Currently, seasonably dry conditions prevail in most parts of the country. Land preparation is underway and planting of the 2017 cereal crops is expected to start in the weeks ahead with the onset of the rains.
New Government Should Develop Roadmap for Prosecutions
(Nairobi) – Gambia’s government should act to prosecute those responsible for grave crimes committed during the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh. Fair trials are crucial for victims and their families and for building respect for the rule of law in the country.
The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.
A total of 8,817 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in March 2017.
The Mission concluded: "Goodwill on behalf of the people and institutions of The Gambia provides for the restoration of key democratic rights".
EU EOM The Gambia Chief Observers presents the Preliminary Statement
Banjul, 8 April.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, congratulates the Government and the people of The Gambia for the peaceful and inclusive legislative elections of 6 April. He applauds Gambian political parties and candidates for their active participation in the elections, as well as the Independent Electoral Commission for its efforts in ensuring the people's right to elect their representatives in the National Assembly.
Louise Hunt, Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor specialising in social affairs and international development
“I am very happy to be home,” said 18-year-old Mohammed Nyabally, sitting on the steps of his uncle’s house in Serekunda, a town near The Gambia’s coast.
Just two weeks earlier, he was languishing in a prison near Tripoli; his third spell in detention during the nine months he spent in Libya trying to board a boat to cross the Mediterranean.
The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.
A total of 7,416 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in February 2017.
Monthly regional mixed migration summary for February 2017 covering mixed migration events, incidents, trends and data for the West Africa region
In response to an invitation by the Gambian authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to The Gambia to observe the Parliamentary elections scheduled for 6 April 2017. This would be the first time the EU would be deploying a fully-fledged EOM in The Gambia, reflecting the EU's commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country in a framework of broader democratic reforms.
by Paul D. Williams
6 March 2017 – The United Nations political affairs chief today stressed that West Africa could be a model of how the UN can work with local partners in bringing stability to regions or sub-regions.
“The situation in West Africa says a lot of the region’s growing capacity to deal with regional problems,” said Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman at a regular briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, following a one-week visit to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Guinea, The Gambia and Senegal.
Monthly regional mixed migration summary for January 2017 covering mixed migration events, incidents, trends and data for the West Africa region.