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Senegal Facts

  • Population: 12.5 million
  • Ranked 155 out of 177 countries according to Human Development Index (HDI) poverty level
  • Life expectancy at birth m/f (years) 60/63
  • 0.09% of adult population living with HIV/AIDS
  • One in seven children die before their 5th birthday
  • One in six children is underweight
  • Physicians, nurses, midwives 1 per 2,000 people
  • Maternal mortality rate (per 100,000 live births) 410
  •  Women have a 1 in 22 chance of dying during childbirth
  • Total fertility rate per woman 4.8
  • Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel  52%
  • Contraceptive prevalence rate (modern methods) 12%
  • Hospital bed density 0.34 beds per 1,000 population

Source: UNAIDS, UNDP, Human Development Index (HDI), State of the Worlds Midwifery Report 2011, WHO

French is the official language but is used regularly only by the literate minority. All Senegalese speak indigenous languages, of which Wolof is the national and most widely used. There are about 39 other dialects spoken in Senegal.