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Contact Address Details:
The 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
                    4392405, 4373568
Fax:              439 4921


Branches: 7

Directions: Opposite 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 response operations.

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