The United Nations Population Fund's
assistance in The Gambia began in 1972 with support
to the 19973 Population Census, the provision of contraceptives
supplies, vehicles and equipment, the strengthening
of Maternal and Child health/Family Planning (MCHFP)
services & communication activities.
Since then, better registration and reporting systems
have been developed to improve data collection and the
information base for demographic analysis.
The Fund also helped the Government to recognise and
improve health care services in rural areas by strengthening
seven major Health Centres in the five administrative
divisions of the country as focus for health development.
Training of staff at the central level to improve technical
and managerial skills has been given priority through
fellowships in management training and contraceptive