West Kiang, The Gambia

Our project partner in The Gambia is the MRC Unit Gambia @ LSHTM and especially their remote fieldsite MRCG Keneba based in the rural West Kiang region. There has been a long-standing partnership between MRCG and the local communities spanning over 7 decades of health research with a particular emphasis on nutrition and how this affects reproduction and child survival, growth and welfare. The population of ~16,000 people in 36 villages is overwhelmingly Islamic. Traditional attitudes are rapidly evolving as more children (including girls) attend school and stay in school for longer. Regular short and longer-term migration to urban areas and overseas is also changing attitudes at a rapid pace. See here for more information on the West Kiang cohort.

Thanks to our super team in West Kiang, our data collection is progressing well.

Here is part of the team: Lamin Sanyang, Tumbulu Drammeh, Jainaba Badjie, and Alieu Bah.

The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success

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