Peace Corps The Gambia’s health project seeks to improve the health and quality of life of Gambian communities, particularly of youth, women and children, by promoting positive health-related practices using behavior change principles.
Volunteers work towards this goal by:
• Educating community members on behaviors and best practices that promote maternal, neonatal and children’s health;
• Teaching community members appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, including the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life;
• Raising awareness for the prevention of malaria, including promoting the use of insecticide treated bed nets;
• Promoting Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), including the improvement or construction of community water and sanitation systems;
• Creating linkages to youth friendly services;
• Sharing best practices on non-communicable disease prevention; and
• Teaching youth health and life-skills
Peace Corps The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency.
As part of their work, Volunteers will monitor and report on their efforts and impact.
Peace Corps enjoys a long and positive history with The Gambia. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in 1967, and since then over 1,800 Volunteers have worked with Gambian men and women to make a lasting impact on their communities.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check