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Gambia: Women dying due to pregnancy, childbirth drops

23 Apr
Gambian woman and child.

Gambian woman and child. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Lamin Jahateh

Maternal mortality has reduced by 59 per cent in The Gambia over the past fourteen years, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health has said quoting the findings of the Demographic Health Survey conducted nationwide.

Dr Makie Taal said the 2013 survey indicates a maternal mortality ratio of 433 per 100,000 live births which is a reduction of 59 per cent compared to the figure fourteen years ago.

He was speaking on Wednesday at a local hotel in Kololi during the beginning of a 2-day health research conference organized by the ministry in collaboration with the University of Oslo, Norway. Continue reading

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Ebola Outbreak: MSF is facing an ‘unprecedented epidemic’

31 Mar

MSF now has around 60 international staff on the ground in Guinea to respond to the Ebola epidemic. (Photo:  Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF)

MSF says it will have around 60 international staff on the ground in Guinea to respond to the Ebola epidemic by week-end. (Photo: Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF)

By Modou S. Joof

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced on Monday  it is  facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of [Ebola] cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea.

MSF announcement followed eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry.  78 people have been confirmed death already as a result of the disease.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: Gueckedou, Macenta Kissidougou, Nzerekore, and now Conakry,” says Mariano Lugli, coordinator of MSF’s project in Conakry. Continue reading

Gambians Rise for Justice

15 Feb
They joined the global energy to strike, dance and rise against Violence against women calling for an end to FGM, marriage and other gender discriminatory practices affecting women and men (Photo Credit: Binta A. Bah/Globe/FPI/Feb2014)

They joined the global energy to strike, dance and rise against Violence against women calling for an end to FGM, marriage and other gender discriminatory practices affecting women and men (Photo Credit: Binta A. Bah/Globe/FPI/Feb2014)

By Binta A Bah

One Billion Rising For Justice, an event being held around world turned out a moment filled with emotions and joy under the unnoticed hot and typical African burning sun in The Gambia, demanding justice in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and domestic violence.

Done in style, The Gambia commemorated the event with  a procession and symposium at TANGO offices where hundreds of people: women, men, youth groups, institutions and school children rose up to dance, singing very emotional songs.

One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely outside places where they are entitled to justice. Places like courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places. Continue reading

GAMCOTRAP joins global ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’ on Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

 

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 (Photo credit: NicholBrummer)

 

By Binta A Bah

 

14 February globally, is valentine day; a day when lovers renew their love, commitment but this year women and men in The Gambia will rise together in the largest day of mass action ever to rise for justice.

 

Children, youth, women and men from all walks of life including people with disabilities, are joining the global determination to end the multiple violence’s, a globally coordinated campaign aimed to call to an end of violence against women and girls, according to GAMCOTRAP, a leading women’s rights organization in the country.

 

Thousands of One Billion Rising for Justice Events will take place throughout the world. These events are organized and produced by local activists. It’s the day of synchronized action when one billion people in 207 countries will rise for justice. Continue reading

The Gambia: Module on FGM due in Schools

24 Dec
Central River Region (CRR) Female circumcisers' publicly declare they've stopped   practicing FGM (Photo credit: B.A.Bah/Globe/FPI/April 2013)
Central River Region (CRR) Female circumcisers’ publicly declare they’ve stopped practicing FGM (Photo credit: Binta A. Bah/Globe/FPI/April 2013)

By Binta A Bah      

Module on FGM and child’s rights for grade 4-9 basic and secondary education sector  will be introduce hopefully next year, GAMCOTRAP, a women’s rights advocacy group said on Monday.

The modules on FGM are meant to contribute to efforts by the education sector to promote gender equality and development as part of overall policy to promote girls’ education.

This was said by the executive director of GAMCOTRAP Dr Istou Touray, at day training for teachers, who all resolved to join and educated children on the effects of FGM at the Regional education in Brikama. Continue reading

The Gambia Government say to levy heavy tax on tobacco

20 Dec
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The new measures came 17 days after an anti-drugs and tobacco activist hints at stiffer tobacco control measures (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Modou S. Joof

The Gambia Government has announced it will impose high taxes on tobacco in 2014.

This new policy was revealed by the minister of finance and economic affairs, Mr Kebba S. Touray on Thursday when he unveiledthe 2014  budget estimates of D8.6 billion for revenue, expenditure and development to the national assembly.

Government’s revenue measures for 2014 will rise with specific excise on tobacco products – from D5 per pack to D9 per pack with an environmental tax rate on tobacco products from 0.20 [bututs] per pack to D2.10 per pack, he said on December 19, 2013.

According to Touray, the Jammeh-led government will further increase the specific excise on other tobacco products from D37.50 per kilogram to D150 per kilogram – with an environmental tax rate from D75 per kilogram to D100 per kilogram. Continue reading

YJAG concerned about job losses due to closure of media houses in Gambia

23 Sep

Outgoing YJAG President Modou S. Joof (R) delivers welcome remarks. (L) Is GPU 1st VP Baboucarr Ceesay. (Photo Credit: Sulayman Ceesay/The Voice)

Outgoing YJAG President Modou S. Joof (R) delivers welcome remarks. (L) Is GPU 1st VP Baboucarr Ceesay. (Photo Credit: Sulayman Ceesay/YJAG)

Young Journalists Association of The Gambia, YJAG, is seriously concerned about the closure of media houses, the job losses it caused to the young journalists and the threat it poses to the future of journalism in The Gambia, outgoing President Modou S. Joof said on Saturday.

Following the closure of Taranga FM (radio), The Daily News and The Standard newspapers in August and September 2012, many young journalists have been without jobs for more than one year, Mr Joof said.

 The theme for the 6th anniversary and 3rd congress of YJAG was “Towards greater press freedom and job security for young journalists in The Gambia”. Continue reading

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