National Nutrition Agency (NaNA)-Gambia, UNICEF, Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBOS), GroundWork
March 2019 – Report Release, Banjul, The Gambia
The 2018 Gambia Micronutrient Survey (GMNS) is national and comprehensive micronutrient survey that was implemented in tandem with The Gambia’s 2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). The GMNS collected data on micronutrient deficiencies, anemia, and malaria in children 6-59 months of age, and non-pregnant women 15-49 years of age, and pregnant women. The GMNS also measured the prevalence of diet-related non-communicable diseases and conditions in non-pregnant women (e.g. overweight, obesity, diabetes, hypertension) and stunting, wasting, and underweight in children. The information generated by the GMNS will enable the government and international agencies to enhance existing national programs, such as vitamin A supplementation, and commercial fortification of wheat flour, rice, and vegetable oil. In addition, GMNS results will help nutrition stakeholders in The Gambia plan future nutrition and health interventions, in particular related to the double burden of malnutrition. The GMNS was conducted by the Gambia’s National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), UNICEF, GBOS, and GroundWork.