A delegation of experts from Turkey visited The Gambia from 23 to 27 August 2015, for meetings with the Gambian authorities within the framework of a project for the capacity development of the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences of the University of The Gambia.

The delegation included experts from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Turkish University of Yildirim Beyazit (YBU), Turkish Premier’s Office’s Agency of Related Communities (Turkish Gov’t Scholarship Board) and Istanbul Office of Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

This has been the second visit to The Gambia by the Turkish and the Bank officials; the first was in May 2015.

The main goal of the project is to enhance teaching as well as treatment capacity of the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences of the UTG, including the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) through know-how and expertise transfer from Turkey, apart from possible construction, refurbishment and management of some new extensions.

This validation mission will lead to the phase of implementation of the project, expected to begin at the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Major partners in the project are TIKA, Turkish University of Yildirim Beyazit, IDB, and SESRIC (Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries).

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