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Published On: Sat, Jan 13th, 2024

Ministry of health Receives Donations from World Bank

The Ministry of Health recently held a ceremony at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center, where the World Bank, through the Sub-Saharan Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project (SWEDD+ Project), officially handed over 18 vehicles, 18 motorcycles, 60 tablets and laptops, and 20 bicycles to the Ministry of Health and its partners.

Minister of Health Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh recently highlighted the importance of maintaining transparency, accountability, efficiency, and judicious use of resources in partnerships. He made this statement during the handing over ceremony of vehicles, motorbikes, and other equipment from the World Bank at the OIC conference hall in Bijilo.

Dr. Samateh emphasized the responsibility of delivering services to the people, stating that it’s a big responsibility for the government and its members. He also mentioned that projects cannot succeed without the hard work, dedication, and commitment of all members involved.

The Minister further stressed the significance of empowering and protecting women and children, as it empowers society as a whole. He assured that his ministry will continue to strive towards empowering women and girls.

Dr. Samateh expressed his gratitude for the donation of vehicles and equipment, stating that it will greatly enhance the delivery of much-needed services. He urged the beneficiaries to value and take good care of the properties, ensuring their proper use and maintenance.

Dr. Samuel Mills, the World Bank Health Leader, mentioned the development objective of the Sub-Saharan African Demography Divergent and Empowerment Project, which aims to increase access to economic opportunities and health for girls and women. He also highlighted the importance of strengthening the institutional framework for gender equality.

Out of the five countries approved for the project, The Gambia is the only one that has met all the project effectiveness conditions, and the implementation has already begun. The Gambian government has allocated four million Dalasis towards the project’s implementation.

Representatives from various ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Office of the Vice President, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Youths and Sports, and Ministry of Justice, were present at the ceremony.

The donation included fourteen vehicles, eighteen motorcycles, twenty bicycles, sixty laptops, and sixty tablets. These items were procured to ensure that implementing partners can reach girls and young women across the country.

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