The Gambia Project

The HSSG is a five-year, multilateral plan offering a comprehensive approach to the development, implementation and oversight of a range of primary and secondary prevention strategies and activities designed to support and strengthen the health and well being of the Gambian people.

Through our research on the ground, UB-ONE realized the urgency in building the right bridges to tackle the main health issues in the country. Following thorough research into the health realities of The Gambia, the project team has identified several intervention points and has developed a series of strategies that are closely tailored to the needs of the population.

Why Gambia

The Gambia is the most recent country to embrace democracy, only just recently disposing of the dictator who ruled for more than two decades. The country is facing severe health challenges, which need to be met with care, consideration and persistence. Malaria, for example, has been one of the major causes of morbidity in the country, especially in child morbidity.

According to the WHO, The Gambia is the fifth highest in the world disease ranking. In the rainy season more than half of the population in rural areas is infected with malaria.

Currently, international attention is on The Gambia since its political changes made news around the world.

We are in the process of setting an example by establishing an interdisciplinary project. We are not only focusing on health but strategically establishing the proper context for the Gambians and create a useful link to their environment. We insist on operating eye to eye with the locals and international experts and truly believe that we can set a duplicable precedent for the world.

The UB-ONE Foundation believes that the chances of other West African countries will take inspiration from a successfully implemented health promotion and disease prevention project are very high.


The Republic of The Gambia or in short, The Gambia, is a West African country, neighboring Senegal. More than two decades the country suffered under a strict dictatorship, which made it difficult for The Gambians to speak about its problems, far from tackling them.

When Adama Barrow took office January 2017, the political situation changed drastically and opened the way to take on the urgent problems the country is facing.

Without losing time, the UB-ONE Foundation ceased the chance and started on the ground research to determine where its efforts can be most impactful.

We started building bridges between the The Gambian Red Cross Society, and The Minister of Health to build a strong relationship between government, civil society and an acclaimed international organization.

We believe that this consortium can combine the experience of health experts, the decision-makers of the country and its civil society to promote functioning strategies for disease prevention and health promotion with the three main focus areas i) revitalizing and improving Gambia’s primary healthcare system, ii) improving sanitation and personal hygiene, and iii) improving access to safe water.

These three health issues where identified by the Gambian Red Cross Society with the assistance of SolHEALTH. When we approached, it didn’t take long for the organization’s director Dr. David Rutstein to visit the country to evaluate how best to collaborate.

After receiving encouragement and endorsements from The Gambia’s Minister of Health, the Ministry of Finance, UNICEF, WHO and the EU, among others, SolHEALTH and its partners have begun to raise the $7.4 million needed for the first two-year phase. Implementation of the project began in February 2019, with a widely attended launch ceremony in Basse, The Gambia.

We are intent to tackle these health-related problems with an interdisciplinary approach, because they are directly linked to the environment, water, sanitation and recycling, as well as education. We train and educate the communities on the risks and prevention methods and build steady and sustainable awareness.

We are convinced that our strategies can have a great positive impact on the population of The Gambia. Facing people eye to eye, we are working on how we can best tackle our global challenges and build bridges to exchange knowledge and strategies to support and reach the ones in need.

The UB-ONE Foundation is doing its best to bring these people together so we can shape our future as „one“.

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