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UNFPA Gambia

A least developed country, The Gambia has reduced maternal mortality, but further progress is needed. Limited access to contraceptives and the prevalence of child marriage also remain key challenges. Active in the country since 1972, UNFPA helps strengthen capacities to provide reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric and family planning services. With HIV prevalence edging up, UNFPA has assisted with collecting national data mapping the epidemic’s socio-economic differences and applying new information to policy-making. Programmes also back the implementation of the national gender and women’s empowerment policy.

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Key results of Gambia in 2021 View more
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Emergency obstetric and newborn care

Emergency obstetric and newborn care coverage was met, as per the international recommended minimum standards
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Adolescent-friendly Sexual and reproductive health services

Quality assured, adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services were provided in at least 25 per cent of public health facilities
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Health services for sexual violence survivors

Essential health services were provided for survivors of sexual violence by at least 60 per cent of public health facilities
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Cervical cancer screening services

Cervical cancer screening services were offered by at least 25 per cent of public health facilities
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Sexual and reproductive health/HIV index

A sexual and reproductive health/HIV integration index was applied
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Supply chain management strategy

A costed supply chain management strategy was in place, taking into account the UNFPA/WHO implementation guide on ensuring rights-based contraceptive delivery
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Sexual and reproductive health indicators available

Sexual and reproductive health indicators were collected periodically, and made publically available
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Patient satisfaction surveys

Routine patient satisfaction surveys were conducted on the provision of sexual and reproductive health services
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National plans against harmful practices

A costed national action plan to address harmful practices was developed
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Life skills programmes for girls

1,090
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Key humanitarian results 2020

UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries

Affected population reached with Family Planning services

Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services

Number of people reached with SRH/GBV information and awareness activities

Number of people reached with personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies

Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)

Dignity Kits distributed

Number of safe spaces

Number of adolescent and youth-friendly spaces supported by UNFPA

Number of health facilities that provide specialized GBV services (including Clinical Management of Rape), supported by UNFPA

Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health

Personnel trained on clinical management of rape

Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)

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Programme Activities

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    Gambia 2021 Programme Activities data

    Utilization of sexual and reproductive health services
    Every woman, adolescent and youth everywhere, especially those furthest behind, has utilized integrated sexual and reproductive health services and exercised reproductive rights, free of coercion, discrimination and violence
    Total Spending:
    $997,180
    Implemented by:
    GOV $209,263 (21%)
    NGO $85,159 (9%)
    UNFPA $702,758 (70%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (48%)
    Non-core Resources (52%)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Strengthened capacities to provide high-quality, integrated information and services for family planning, comprehensive maternal health, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, as well as information and services that are responsive to emergencies and fragile contexts
    Total Spending:
    $804,968
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $566,692 (70%)
    NGO $67,976 (8%)
    GOV $170,300 (21%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (43)
    Non-core Resources (57)
    Delivery of sexual and reproductive health commodities
    Strengthened capacities to effectively forecast, procure, distribute and track the delivery of sexual and reproductive health commodities, ensuring resilient supply chains
    Total Spending:
    $34,846
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $17,678 (51%)
    NGO $9,221 (26%)
    GOV $7,947 (23%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (28)
    Non-core Resources (72)
    Health workforce capacity
    Strengthened capacities of the health workforce, especially those of midwives, in health management and clinical skills for high-quality and integrated sexual and reproductive health services, including in humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $37,190
    Implemented by:
    NGO $6,175 (17%)
    GOV $31,015 (83%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Sexual and reproductive health polices for those furthest behind
    Enhanced capacities to develop and implement policies, including financial protection mechanisms, that prioritize access to information and services for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for those furthest behind, including in humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $11,399
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $11,399 (100%)
    GOV $0 (0%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Non-core Resources (0)
    Accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Improved domestic accountability mechanisms for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights through the involvement of communities and health-system stakeholders at all levels
    Total Spending:
    $108,777
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $106,989 (98%)
    NGO $1,788 (2%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Empowerment of young people
    Every adolescent and youth, in particular adolescent girls, is empowered to have access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, in all contexts
    Total Spending:
    $1,001,521
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $468,822 (47%)
    GOV $372,001 (37%)
    NGO $160,698 (16%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (21%)
    Non-core Resources (79%)
    Youth leadership and participation
    Young people have opportunities to exercise leadership and participate in sustainable development, humanitarian action and in sustaining peace
    Total Spending:
    $647,475
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $207,421 (32%)
    NGO $115,587 (18%)
    GOV $324,466 (50%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (5)
    Non-core Resources (95)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Young people, in particular adolescent girls, have the skills and capabilities to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and well-being
    Total Spending:
    $305,505
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $212,860 (70%)
    NGO $45,111 (15%)
    GOV $47,535 (16%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (43)
    Non-core Resources (57)
    Adolescents and youth policies
    Policies and programmes in relevant sectors tackle the determinants of adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, development and well-being
    Total Spending:
    $48,541
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $48,541 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
    Gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls, and reproductive rights are advanced in development and humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $1,362,427
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $524,176 (38%)
    GOV $90,325 (7%)
    NGO $747,926 (55%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (13%)
    Non-core Resources (87%)
    Prevention and addressing of gender-based violence
    Increased multisectoral capacity to prevent and address gender-based violence using a continuum approach in all contexts, with a focus on advocacy, data, health and health systems, psychosocial support and coordination
    Total Spending:
    $736,503
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $175,510 (24%)
    NGO $517,992 (70%)
    GOV $43,001 (6%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (10)
    Non-core Resources (90)
    Gender equality laws and policies
    Strengthened policy, legal and accountability frameworks to advance gender equality and empower women and girls to exercise their reproductive rights and to be protected from violence and harmful practices
    Total Spending:
    $125,178
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $67,933 (54%)
    NGO $57,245 (46%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (54)
    Non-core Resources (46)
    Elimination of harmful practices
    Strengthened response to eliminate harmful practices, including child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and son preference
    Total Spending:
    $494,993
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $280,733 (57%)
    NGO $166,936 (34%)
    GOV $47,324 (10%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (7)
    Non-core Resources (93)
    Gender and sociocultural norms
    Strengthened civil society and community mobilization to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms affecting women and girls
    Total Spending:
    $5,753
    Implemented by:
    NGO $5,753 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Population and development
    development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $16,745
    Implemented by:
    GOV $7,346 (44%)
    UNFPA $9,400 (56%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100%)
    Population data systems
    Improved national population data systems to map and address inequalities; to advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development; and to strengthen interventions in humanitarian crises
    Total Spending:
    $16,745
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $9,400 (56%)
    GOV $7,346 (44%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)

    Programme Documentation

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    CPD Gambia [2017-2021] (DP/FPA/CPD/GMB/8)
    Cycle: 2017-2021
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    UNDAF Gambia [2012-2016]
    Cycle: 2012-2016
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    CPD Gambia [2007-2011] (DP/FPA/CPD/GMB/6)
    Cycle: 2007-2011
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    CPD Gambia [2012-2016] (DP/FPA/CPD/GMB/7)
    Cycle: 2012-2016
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    CPAP Gambia [2012-2016]
    Cycle: 2012-2016
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