Approaches to Tuberculosis prevention and control have gained momentum and several efforts are being made to find the missing cases in countries where the disease still prevails. Finding the missing TB cases requires new and innovative interventions with focus on special target populations and areas. Reaching to these missing cases therefore requires capacity building, knowledges sharing and above all community involvement through active case search.
It was in in view of the above Health Promotion and Development Organisation (HePDO) obtained funding from the TB REACH to implement an 18 months project in the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) of the Gambia. The main focus of the project was on capacity building through sensitization so as to increase awareness and in through this on the promotion of mass community screening and referral in communities in order to detect TB cases early and refer them for timely diagnosis and treatment.
Female Genital Mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” The practice is done on girls from weeks after birth to puberty with or without anesthesia. In many instances, the practice is associated with complications uncontrolled bleeding, fever, wound infection, sepsis, and in severe cases death. Due to its severity and the health complications it has become necessary to halt the practice permanently as it is undesired and impact on the health and wellbeing of those who undergo it.
This Report provides an overview of the key results from a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KABP) Survey on Gambian communities towards RCH services including immunization. These results are intended to inform the development of community focus communication strategy that will be executed under the supervision of the EPI of the MoH&SW and with support from relevant stakeholders