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 by:
• maintaining the current
low levels of the epidemic;
• reducing its
spread and mitigating its effects; and
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.