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Senegal, a West African nation, boasts a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean with the Senegal River serving as its western border. With a population of over 17 million, mostly young and with a rapidly growing urban rate, Senegal is considered a lower-middle-income country. Despite development efforts and progress, access to healthcare remains unequal and challenges such as infectious diseases, malnutrition and maternal mortality persist. The Senegalese government has launched several initiatives to improve the health of its population. ASKAAN is proud to contribute to these efforts.

Investing in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (ISMEA)

The ISMEA project was established by the government of Senegal with the support of the World Bank in order to improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAHN) services, increase their use and promote the adoption of behaviors conducive to the health of mothers, newborns, children and adolescents at the individual, family and community level. The project targets six regions in Senegal, namely Kaffrine, Tambacounda, Kédougou, Kolda, Sédhiou, and Ziguinchor. In the context of the project, ASKAAN’s objective is to elaborate and oversee the implementation of an accompanying communication strategy over the period 2021–2024. Through the integrated communication strategy, complemented by operational plans and tools, ASKAAN aims to promote social behavioral change, increasing the demand of RMNCAHN services and the adoption of other health promoting behaviors. The strategy has been designed in a participatory, inclusive and interactive manner, based on documentary and socio-anthropological studies to understand the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding RMNCAH-N services.

Sanitation and Hygiene

As part of the USAID/Access SAGAL campaign, ASKAAN supported the improvement of sanitation and hygiene practices in six regions of Senegal. Our team’s main objective was to raise awareness and change behavior within communities by advocating for the use of modern latrines and the adoption of improved hygiene protocols. In pursuit of these goals, main activities included increasing access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. This involved the establishment of sustainable water systems and the provision of essential sanitation products and services. Our team also established a structured governance framework to ensure equitable and sustainable benefits for all members of the community.

Increasing Demand for HIV Services

Within the “Increasing demand for HIV services” project, ASKAAN’s main objective was to develop communication…

Family Planning

Between 2019 and 2020, ASKAAN supported the promotion of family planning in Senegal through a…

Expanded Program on Immunization

From 2017 to 2020, ASKAAN collaborated closely with Gavi, UNICEF, and the Senegalese government for…

Post-COVID-19 Capacity Building

In the post-covid period, ASKAAN worked closely with GIZ to help local companies prepare for…

Nutrition and Reproductive Health

In collaboration with PINKK, Nutrition International, and UNFPA, ASKAAN supported the promotion of nutrition and…