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The mission of the WHO Gambia Country Office is to promote the attainment of the highest sustainable level of health by all people living in Gambia through collaboration with the government and other partners in health development and the provision of technical and logistic support to country programmes.

  • The Gambia launches 2014 Synchronized National Immunization Days The 2014 Synchronized National Immunization Days (NIDs) against polio, currently taking place in 13 West and Central African countries, kicked off in the Gambia on the eve of the campaign at the Kanifing Municipal Council Grounds (KMC) in Sere Kunda (18th September 2014).  Two rounds of polio NIDs are slated for 19th -22nd September 2014 and 31st Oct. – 03rd Nov. 2014 respectively. The exercise, which targets a population of 416,740 children from 0 to 5 years, was launched by the…
  • African Vaccination Week Launched in The Gambia The African Vaccination Week (AVW) which is scheduled to be observed during the last week of April every year was launched by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and partners at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul on 3rd September 2014. The theme for this year 2014 was, “Vaccination a shared responsibility”, and its slogan was vaccinated communities; Healthy communities.The Hon. Minister launched the week by stating that we could not observe this important activity together…
  • African Traditional Medicines day 2014 The Gambia has now joined the rest of the international community to commemorate African Traditional Medicines Day 2014 which is usually observed on 31st August every year.  This year’s event which had to be shifted to the 10th September 2014 because of other emerging activities was held at the Kanifing Municipality Council (KMC). The theme for this year is “Collaboration between traditional medicine practitioners and conventional medicine practitioners”.  This theme draws attention to the urgent need for close collaboration between…
  • Gambia commemorates World Blood Donor Day 2014 Banjul 20 June 2014 - The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, WHO and partners joined the international  community to commemorate World Blood Donor Day 2014. The theme for this year, “Safe blood for saving mothers” focuses on raising people’s awareness about the critical               need for safe blood and blood products to be available to everyone, especially for women suffering from severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth.  Speaking at the occasion the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Omar…
  • UN supports Ebola preparedness in The Gambia BANJUL, 17 June 2014 - The United Nation System in The Gambia through the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday presented an assortment of medical items and other supplies to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul in support of national Ebola preparedness and response efforts. The items included more than 42 boxes with 4000 sets  of personal protective equipment, 2000 copies of posters on the prevention and control of  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), 25000 copies of leaflets on…