CRS Partners in The Gambia
CRS works with a variety of local partners to implement its projects.
CRS supports the National Association of Women Farmers (NAWFA) in implementing the sesame growers' project. NAWFA is comprised of over 30,000 women from 72 village associations across the breadth of The Gambia and is involved in all areas of agricultural training, mobilization and advocacy on behalf of its members.
CRS works with The Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) to implement health program activities. GAFNA is responsible for implementing Safety Net activities and a peer-counseling project, which seeks to change behaviors to improve maternal and child health. Traditional Communicators are amongst those involved in their Behavior Change Communication activities.
A collaborator in the fight against malaria, the Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NSGA), founded a school-based peer health education program. To date they have trained student teams in over 25 schools, who then pass the message on to other children, youth and families. They have also spawned drama groups active at the community level.
The Association of Youth Against Malaria (TAYAM) trains youth groups and opinion leaders on the basic facts about malaria prevention and control. They distribute Insecticide Treated Nets at health facilities and conduct various activities aimed at behavior change.
The Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, being the Principal Recipient under The Global Fund initiative, is a key partner. CRS is engaged in two components: HIV and AIDS and Malaria. The collaboration not only lends to transparent coordination of projects but also to sector-wide sharing of information and prevention of duplication of efforts in the fight against the two diseases.
CRS also works with the Catholic Development Office to build their capacity and enhance their ability to address the needs of rural populations. From such collaboration, a partnership has emerged with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy. A religious Congregation of Sisters residing in Basse, in the utmost eastern interior of the country, SSJA will now be managing the Voluntary Counseling and Testing services as our key implementing partner in the Church HIV and AIDS project.