Senegal is in a health crisis and communities are at risk
Senegal is overwhelmed with a continuing health crisis, poverty and unemployment. The shortage of health care providers is profound – there is only one doctor for every 2,000 people. Life expectancy is just 59 years. More than half of Senegalese people live on less than $2 a day and cannot afford basic health care. In spite of government efforts to curb the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and meningococcal meningitis, deaths caused by these illnesses continue to plague the area.
Providing general health care and emergency services to the community, we also encourage yearly check-ups and on-going care to patients that have chronic illnesses and conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, asthma, and hypertension—treatable illnesses which can all too often lead to death in Senegal. We are working on effective ways to provide consistent treatment of these conditions as well as educating patients on the role of nutrition and its relation to health. We screen patients for infectious diseases, TB, STDs, and HIV/AIDS in an effort to protect the individual and the community.