Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital

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Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital
LocationBanjul, the Gambia
Hospital typeTeaching Hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity of the Gambia

The Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) is the central hospital in Banjul, The Gambia, and the largest hospital in the country. Founded in 1853, it was known as the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) until 2013.


The Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital was founded in 1853 as a 547-bedded tertiary hospital, built by the British colonial government. It has since served as the principal hospital in The Gambia, and gained legal status as the only teaching hospital in 2006. Its name was changed 2013.[1] It treats around 200,000 patients each year.[2]

The governmental hospital is located at Independence Drive in Banjul[3] and is with over 540 beds as the biggest state-of-the-art hospital. It was originally built under British colonisation of Africa in 1853. The operation of Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) was improved with the help of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in 1903.

The Hospital's name was extended to Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in the late 1990s, since it became part of the newly founded faculty of medicine of the University of the Gambia and therefore includes the training of medical doctors and other medical professions. The first 15 students started schooling in November 2002 at RVTH. The Hospital is further more participation in international research-studies concerning the fight against malaria and hepatitis.

In 2014, Legs4Africa sent a donation of 500 used prosthetic legs to the hospital.[4]

School of Medicine and Allied Health Science[edit]

The need for tertiary medical education was addressed in 1994, by Gambia’s President, Dr. Alh. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh when he made health and education priorities for his government, the School of Medicine became the lead faculty in establishing the first university in Gambian history.

Dr. Yankuba Kassama, Secretary of the Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, recalls that President Jammeh made his first visit to Cuba in the late 1990s. As a result, in September 1999, the first Cuban professors arrived in the Gambia, led by Dr. Arturo Menéndez, who was to become the School’s first Dean of Basic Sciences. The curriculum slowly began to take shape, with further assistance from Cuba, and the World Health Organization.[5] In 2005, the Gambia's first 15 physicians graduated from the school.

MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) 6 year[6] course description:

  • 1 premedical semester
  • 4 preclinical semester
  • 8 clinical semester

The curriculum is very similar to Cuba’s in the basic sciences, but the clinical part is mostly based on those of medical schools in the United Kingdom, however adoptions to local requirements based on West African training models, especially in tropical medicine have been made.[7] More than 80% of the schools lecturers and professors are doctors who graduated in European/American/Cuban Universities. The students getting training from both ( Western and Cuban) medical systems,[8] since Cuban doctors coming from programs like PIS (Promoting integrated health services),[9] as well as for example, professors of the medical University of Swansea in Wales, are working in close collaboration with the University of the Gambia.[10]

Other programmes offered by the RTVH-UTG:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Masters of Public Health in health promotion and development
  • Masters of Science in public health in environmental and occupational health[11]


  1. ^ "About EFSTH". EFSTH. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Health in the Gambia plagued by poor conditions". RFI. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=us&client=firefox-a&hs=krO&rls=org.mozilla:us:official&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38093640&biw=1920&bih=1053&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=royal+victoria+teaching+hospital+banjul+gambia&fb=1&hq=royal+victoria+teaching+hospital&hnear=0xec29c2965af3807:0xa1e31751fbae2c52,Banjul,+The+Gambia&cid=0,0,16436951750844337640&sa=X&ei=uEegUIeqOobJswaz8oDQDA&ved=0CIgBEPwSMAM
  4. ^ "Project collects 500 used prosthetic legs for Gambia". BBC News. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?pid=S1555-79602012000100009&script=sci_arttext
  6. ^ https://imed.faimer.org/details.asp?country=&school=gambia&currpage=1&cname=&city=&region=&rname=&mcode=402010&psize=25
  7. ^ http://www.medicc.org/publications/medicc_review/0805/cuban-medical-literature.html
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2012-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2012-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://sgl.swanih.org
  11. ^ http://vaccinenewsdaily.com/africa/320220-university-of-the-gambia-launches-public-health-masters-programs/


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Coordinates: 13°27′27″N 16°34′39″W / 13.45750°N 16.57750°W / 13.45750; -16.57750