Author: Gainako

By Fatou Sanyang The Community of Mamuda were engaged in Family Planning Methods by the Njaboute Foundation at the Mamuda Children’s Health Centre in West Coast District over the weekend of 28th January 2023. Njaboute Foundation is a newly established foundation with volunteers in The Gambia and Sweden. Njaboute focuses on health promotion and education with an emphasis on Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC). The foundation aims to enhance the public’s appreciation of comprehensive sexuality education, including the vices of female genital mutilation/cutting, the right to contraceptives and all other forms of sexual and reproductive health (SRH). In The Gambian…

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World Bank issued a statement in January 2023 highlighting some of the Economic challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa such as the Russia-Ukraine war as the world tries to recover from the Economic shocks created by the Covid-19 Pandemic which affected supply chains across the globe. According to statistics provided by World Bank, the Gambia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was estimated to increase by 3.5% in 2022 and is forecasted to increase by 4% in 2023 and a further 5.5% in 2024. According to the 2023 Approved Budget, the Gambia’s GDP stood at D115 Billion for 2022 and is projected to increase…

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has visited The Gambia at the request of Gambian Authorities to assess the country’s governance framework, reforms conducted and corruption vulnerability. Below is the statement issued by the IMF at the end of its mission. By IMF Mission Team IMF Mission Team Concludes Governance Diagnostic for The Gambia At the request of The Gambian authorities, an IMF mission conducted a diagnostic to assess the strength of the governance framework in The Gambia, identify vulnerabilities, including corruption, and offer reform options, guided by the IMF’s framework for Enhanced Engagement in Addressing Governance Vulnerabilities. The authorities made…

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2023 global growth to slow to 1.7% from 3% expected six months ago WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2023 — Global growth is slowing sharply in the face of elevated inflation, higher interest rates, reduced investment, and disruptions caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report. Given fragile economic conditions, any new adverse development—such as higher-than-expected inflation, abrupt rises in interest rates to contain it, a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, or escalating geopolitical tensions—could push the global economy into recession. This would mark the first time in more than 80 years that two global…

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The Gambia has been ranked 9th out of 14 West African Countries on the West Africa Digital Competitiveness Index, beating Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone. On the other hand, our closest neighbour Senegal is ranked 5th while Ghana tops the list coming 1st and followed by Cabo Verde in second place. More about the West Africa Digital Competitiveness Index from the press release below. Thursday 19th January 2023, Digital Foundation Africa, a pan-African think tank focused on unlocking and shaping the continent’s digital future through research, policy and skill development and advocacy in advancing digitalization and digital technologies announces its…

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By Cherno Gaye SOME MEN When you speak for your fellow man, he will judge you When you speak for God men will ignore you When you speak the truth, they will tell their friends ‘’he is but a self-righteous fool and our gift to him is the wisdom of deaf ears” When you speak for freedom, men of power will fear you because power is a child of tyranny and tyranny is the insecure bully hitting you in the head with ideas, he hopes will keep you on your knees while he feeds lies to his monstrous ego That…

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By Arret Jatta The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) called off a Teachers’ Strike to allow negotiations to progress with the Government. This was announced to the media at a press conference held at the GTU Headquarters in Kanifing on 9th January 2023. Explaining the reasons for calling off the strike GTU President Mr Ismaila Sowe explained that the strike has been called off for now. However, the strike has affected the plans of numerous schools that were scheduled to re-open last week because of the low teacher attendance. The president of the GTU Ismaila Sowe said that they had a…

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By Philip Saine Just as Police heavy-handedness and the application of excessive force are openly condemned equally doctors assaulting patients is regarded as a system violation. The incident leading to the beating of a male surgical patient at the Ndeban Medical Centre EFSTH is unprofessional, ugly and unethical. The action of the Medical Officer overrides whatever must have led to that reaction. A patient taken to an emergency department would be in a state of acute ill health; great pain and in a distressed mood. The treatment expected of its personnel would have been to stabilise, reassure, control the mood…

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By Patience Loum Our reporter conducted a series of interviews chronicling the experiences of a Victim of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) and the progress of the Gambia’s Transitional Justice Process according to a representative of the Ministry of Justice. First, in the report are the double violations meted out to one Mr Abdoulie Bojang who happened to be the parent of a student killed during the April 2000 Protest which saw the death of some 14 students as well as the son of a woman accused of witchcraft in 2009. Former President Jammeh was indicted by the TRRC…

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This is a press release from three organisations from the Gambia, Italy and Bologna on the incident of a shipwreck which claimed the lives of numerous Gambians and a good number were also taken and detained by members of the Libyan Coast Guards. The statement calls on the Gambia Government, the European Union, UN and Social Justice Movements including the National Human Rights Commission to act towards the safety of Gambian Migrants and others detained in hellish detention centres in Libya. Below is the press release. To: The International Organisation for Migration (UN) The Gambia Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

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