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Information on The Gambia

The Republic of the The Gambia is located at Africa’s West Coast and is the smallest country on mainland Africa. The country is entirely surrounded by Senegal which is about twenty times the size of Gambia. To the west it boarders to the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia has a total size of about 11,000 square kilometers which makes it only half the size of German federal state of Hessen.

Gambia is a small piece of land north and south of the River Gambia and reaches about 375 kilometer inside the country from the Atlantic Ocean. There is no place in The Gambia where there is  a more than fifty kilometer distance from North to South. About 2.4 Million inhabitants live in The Gambia (2020). In its capital city Banjul the only port is located. Other important cities include: Mansa Konko (Soma), Georgetown, Kerewan, Brikama, Serekunda and Farafenni.

The climate is tropical and there is a raining season during the summer months. During the dry season lasting from December to April there is a hot, dry wind known as “Harmattan” which comes from the Sahara desert. The annual average of rain is about 1,295 Millimeter. In general vegetation can be described as savannah, which is interrupted with bushes and palm trees. Along the river typical Baobab trees and mangroves can be found. Animals: there are leopards, crocodiles, hippos and antelopes, as well as many different kinds of monkeys. Ornithologists appreciate The Gambia because of its many different kinds of exotic birds.

The Gambia is also a tourist destination. Especially the coastal area is famous for tourism with nice sandy beaches. There are hotels in all price ranges. Temperatures in the main travelling season (November until Mai) are on average between 21-35°C and there is always a nice fresh wind. From Brussels the flight time is six to eight hours (direct or with a transit stop-over in Dakar/Senegal). Tourism is the most important source of income today in The Gambia and is the fastest growing branch of the economy, next to agriculture and fishery.

Tourists come not only for beach vacation at the coast but also to see the rich nature and go for adventurous tours upcountry. The time difference between Central Europe is one hour in the European winter and two in the summer.

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The map below contains all health facilities in The Gambia as of December 12, 2018. The card is based on a document from the Ministry of Health.

Legend:
Purple flag: governmental health facility
Blue flag: governmental major hospital
Green flag: private health facility

(Single flags only show the approximate location of the healthcare facility, as we do not know the exact location.)

The health facilities below are not included in the map:

Upper River Region: Kuwnku Ba Community Clinic
Central River Region: Gissadi Community Clinic
Lower River Region: Castle Private Clinic; GFPA Private Clinic; Koloir Private Clinic
North Bank Region West: Cheesay Community Clinic; Bakang Community Clinic
North Bank Region East: GFPA Private Clinic
Western Region 1: Leman Street Minor Health Center; Poly Clinic Minor Health Center; Banjuling Minor Health Center; Cootage Private Clinic; Ibn Seena Private Clinic
West Coast Region 2: BACE Bonsa Community Clinic

Video: Jahaly Health Centre in The Gambia (2010)

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