Contact Address Details:
Gambia Red Cross Society
Banjul area Head office
53 Mamadi Manjang Highway
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
P.O. Box 472 Banjul
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4396989
Telex: GAMREDCROSS BANJUL
the New Jeshwang Co-operative building at
Westfield Junction, Serrekunda.
The Gambia Red Cross was established in Banjul during Colonial
times in 1948 as a branch of the British Red Cross and became
an autonomous national society in 1966. They are a non-governmental
organisation that is primarily engaged in humanitarian relief
work who are composed of members and volunteers.
Such activities includes delivering first aid to disaster
victims, health programmes immunizations and HIV/Aids, water
& sanitation, information dissemination, providing vital
food and medicines, shelter, disaster management and response,
assisting refugees, finding missing family members etc.
The GRCS is also the major partner of the Government in all
emergency relief operations being part of the taskforce of
the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA). Their work
is often coordinated with the International Federation of
the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) having been
recognized by the two bodies in 1975 and 1974 respectively.
There are 7 branches of GRCS in each of The Gambia's seven
administrative regions which allows it to more rapidly respond
to various local crises and other relief issues. It is also
able to draw financing from DREF which is a source of un-earmarked
money to ensure rapid financial support is available for disaster