Grinning in Gambia
Harriet Clompus spills the beans about her elective in Gambia-west Africa's smiling coast
- By: Harriet Clompus
I did my elective in Gambia as I thought it would be a good introduction to medicine in an African country in a safe and cheap environment, as well as a chance to enjoy the lovely beaches, music, food, and buzz of west African life.
Gambia is a sliver of a country, less than half the size of Wales and the smallest African nation. It is situated on both banks of the Gambia River and is surrounded on all sides except the Atlantic coast by French speaking Senegal. Gambia's population of 1.4 million is made up of five different tribal groupings, all with their own languages, of whom 90% are Muslim and the rest are Christian.
By the standards of many countries in west Africa-think most recently of Liberia-Gambia is a haven of peaceful civil society. That is not to say the political scene is without event. A bloodless coup