A second One-Stop-Centre has been inaugurated in Bansang Hospital in the Central River Region. The center, like the first one established at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, brings together services needed by survivors of Gender Based Violence from different sectors under one roof. The rationale is that the centre will provide appropriate and comprehensive prevention and response services to Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors using a multi-sectoral approach. The centre, among other things, will provide medical care, psychosocial support, shelter, legal aid, protection and criminal investigation. It was set up by the Network Against Gender Based Violence with funding from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through RATAS, a civil society organisation in Finland. Also ActionAid International The Gambia supported the establishment of the centre by providing furniture for the smooth running of the centre. The official commissioning of the center was made by the Deputy Governor of the Central River Region, Mr. Malang Saibo Camara at a ceremony held at the Bansang hospital on the 25th July 2016.
The National Assembly and ActionAid International the Gambia have agreed to renew and cement the long standing partnership that exists between the two institutions. This is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Tuesday the 23rd February 2016 at the Assembly Chamber in Banjul. Under the MOU, the two institutions will work together to support the Assembly’s Select Committees on Education, Agriculture, Health, Women’s Rights and Local Governance, among others. The Clerk of the House, Hon Dodou C.M Kebbeh and The Executive Director of ActionAid, Alhaji Omar Badji signed on behalf of their respective institutions.
ActionAid officials and partners from The Gambia and Senegal including key service providers have returned home from Kaolack, Senegal where they reviewed progress, key achievements and challenges made during the implementation of the Agro Ecology and Resilience project. The project is funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation located in Minneapolis in the United States of America. It is a two-year project being piloted in The Gambia and Senegal targeting vulnerable communities which were negatively impacted by the Sahel drought crisis.