Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of the Gambia
  • Independence: 1965 (from UK)
  • Capital: Banjul (pop. 504,000)
  • Population: 1,967,709
  • Economy: based on farming, fishing, tourism
  • Climate: tropical with dry and rainy season
  • Official language: English
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 55.5%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A presidential republic
  • President Yahya Jammeh (since 1996)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 706/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 63.9/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 64.6 years
  • Health expenditures: 6% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.11/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.1/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.82%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies, meningococcal meningitis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

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At a compound

Area Agencies

Field Stories

Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]


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