Jul 28, 2020, 11:14 AM
The Gambia has recorded two new deaths and confirmed 49 new cases of covid-19, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 326 with eight deaths, health officials say on Monday.
The first joint steering committee convened in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Children, and Social Welfare and senior officials from the Ministries of Health and Interior.
The first project, implemented by the NGO Save the Children as part of a regional four-country intervention with Terre des Hommes, will improve protection along the migratory routes of children and young migrants, particularly exposed to physical and sexual violence, abuse, exploitation, trafficking and other violations of their rights. 4,500 children under 18 and young people up to 25 will have access to reinforced institutional and community quality services responding to their protection needs and will benefit from adapted assistance in Soma and Farafenni. The project also supports capacity building and coordination of community and institutional actors.
The Spanish Red Cross project, implemented by The Gambia Red Cross Society, aims to support and protect the most vulnerable migrants along their migratory route and to provide them with better access to basic services. The project also seeks to strengthen the capacities of institutional and local actors in providing protection services to migrants in need. The project is being implemented in West Coast region, Kanifing Municipality and Upper River region. It focuses on basic needs such as health, temporary accommodation, psychosocial support, legal counselling, access to food and basic hygiene items. Three fixed Humanitarian Service Points are installed in each region, and a mobile team is available to assist migrants intercepted and rescued at sea.
“These two new projects reaffirm the European Union’s enduring commitment to migrant protection in all its dimensions, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable including children, women and youth. We are pleased with the engagement of NGOs and civil society actors in The Gambia in addressing the common challenges to protect the most vulnerable migrants. I wish success to our two implementing partners and thank Gambian authorities for their continued cooperation”, says the European Union Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, H.E. Attila LAJOS.
The two new projects complement the existing EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, which is being implemented in The Gambia since 2017 to support the sustainable reintegration of returning migrants. All three projects, funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, are implemented in close partnership with the Gambian government and relevant authorities at national and regional levels.
A UNICEF SMS U-Report reveals that about 1,470 students out of the 10, 000 students who registered for the UNICEF SMS U-Report Poll have no access to television or radio to attend the ongoing lessons organised by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE).
The Office of The Inspector General Of Police says it will continue to firmly enforce all the provisions of the Emergency Powers Regulations (EPR), following the extension of the State Of Public Emergency by His Excellency President Adama Barrow for a further 21 days period.