The Gambia is rated as 168th of 187 countries in the Human Development Index, and 94th among 108 developing nations on the Human Poverty Index. Approximately 59.3 percent of the total population lives on less that $1 per day and 57.6 percent below the national poverty line. The poverty severity index (how far the poor are below the poverty line) is 14.3 percent. Poverty averages 57 percent in urban areas and 63 percent in rural areas.
Extreme poverty, food insecurity, high prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases, coupled with high levels of malnutrition, maternal and infant mortality, unemployment and illiteracy continues to challenge The Gambia.
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|Population:||1,840,454 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||4,361 sq. mi.; slightly less than twice the size of Delaware|
|People Served:||1,840,454 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services began working in The Gambia in 1964 at the invitation of the Catholic Bishop of Banjul. At present, CRS is located in Fajara and employs 21 national staff, one international staff and a country representative who oversees both The Gambia and Senegal Programs.
Since beginning its work in The Gambia, CRS has been involved in the provision of emergency relief to vulnerable populations and has focused on improving the medium- and long-term food security of rural households. Working closely with various partners, CRS Senegal provides assistance in many sectors including disaster response, agriculture and health.