Gambia

The Gambia: 2014-2016 Revised Strategic Response Plan (August 2014)

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SUMMARY

Strategic objectives

  1. Track and analyse risk and vulnerability, integrating findings into humanitarian and development programming.

  2. Support vulnerable populations to better cope with shocks by responding earlier to warning signals, by reducing post-crisis recovery times and by building capacity of national actors.

  3. Deliver coordinated and integrated life-saving assistance to people affected by emergencies.

Priority actions

• Provide food assistance, nutritional support and agricultural inputs.

• Restore water systems and access to sanitation facilities in communities, schools and nutrition facilities.

• Re-establish and provide access to public health/clinical services with a focus on surveillance and early warning for diseases with epidemic potential.

• Improve access to education through creation of temporary learning spaces and strengthening national protection capacity (including prevention of gender-based violence and child protection).

• Strengthening early warning systems through training of personnel, data collection and processing and dissemination of results/findings.

Parameters of the response

The Latest food security assessment1 of the population put the estimated number of the food insecure requiring urgent food assistance at approximately 202,542. Considering the number of people affected by other humanitarian conditions, it is estimated that at least 289,235 people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. This estimation is corroborated by the Prevention and Management of Food Crises Network (PREGEC) follow-up assessment conducted in March 2014 which estimated the number of the people in crisis and emergency food security situations at 202,542; the factors driving this deterioration in the humanitarian condition include poor harvest, increasing commodity prices, resurgence of epidemics; prevalence of natural disasters; chronic shortage and limited access to basic social services; and the near total absence of relief support to the affected population.

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