In 2000 The Gambia signed a loan agreement worth $15 million
from the World Bank for the carrying out of an HIV
/ AIDS Rapid Response Project (HARRP). This project came
into force in 2001 and is focused on increasing the national
response to the disease.
As part of the structure of the project a National AIDS Council
(NAC) and National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) have been established
under the Office of the President.
Under the funding of this project, the Government
will implement pre-emptive responses to tackle the issues
related to HIV/AIDS through its relevant Departments of State,
civil organisations and the general population. HARRP is,
therefore, seen as a multi-component response to HIV / AIDS
• maintaining the
current low levels of the epidemic;
• reducing its spread and mitigating
its effects; and
• increasing access to prevention
services as well as care and support for those infected and
affected by the disease.
It is comprised of a team of specialists, including a Monitoring
and Evaluation Officer. The NAS reports directly to the NAC.