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Planning your elective: Gambia

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0403117
  1. Mark Wilson, author of The Medic's Guide to Work and Electives around the World1
  1. 1University College Hospital, London

Mark Wilson gives you the low down on planning your elective in Gambia

Gambia is a thin country--55 km wide but 530km long--situated on the west coast of Africa. It projects inland on both sides of the River Gambia and is totally surrounded by Senegal. From Banjul it is possible to arrange trips to Senegal. It is not a popular elective destination, possibly because there aren't many hospitals and most voluntary work has to be arranged through non-governmental organisations.


Basic medical services are available to most of the population; however, neither medical care nor medicines are free. There is …

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