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Senegal is making sweeping changes to its healthcare system. Vaccinations, doctor's visits and emergency care for children under five will all be paid for by the state. But some say the measures don't go far enough. Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Thies.
A project in Senegal has demonstrated the potential for significant improvements in prompt and effective treatment of malaria at community level, with the proportion of children going to a local health hut for care increasing five-fold in three years. The Pfizer Mobilize Against Malaria Program (MAM) involved local partners and stakeholders in Ghana, Kenya and Senegal and a global evaluation team from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
In Senegal, electrical and electronic products thrown into public dumps are increasingly becoming a threat to the environment and to the health of the populations. Vik Chege has that story Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
THIÈS, Senegal, 20 May 2010 UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is in Senegal for a global conference on girls education and gender equality. In Dakar earlier this week, he also had the chance to visit rural health centres that are beyond the reach of urban services. Health-care disparities between urban and rural areas in Senegal remain high. It confirmed for me that we cant wait for health systems to work their way out from the centre, said Mr. Lake. We have to be working in the communities as well. There are strong communities. They just need the services to deliver vaccines. The UNICEF-supported non-governmental organization Tostan has established a Community Empowerment Programme in Senegal to teach villagers about womens health and human rights in local languages. The prog...
For more stories to inspire the end of extreme poverty visit: https://stories.usaid.gov In her tiny village in rural Senegal, Hapsatou Ka does it all to fight stubborn malnutrition. In this short film in USAID’s Extreme Possibilities series, follow Hapsatou in her roles as teacher, leader advocate and entrepreneur on her quest to put her community on the path to better health.
The World Health Organization says that a quarter of Senegalese women use skin-lightening products regularly. The products, even those claiming to have so-called "natural" components, can contain mercury, hydroquinone or caustic agents like sodium hydroxide. These are dangerous ingredients that can cause cancer and are potentially disfiguring. Some women in capital city Dakar say the risks are simply the price of beauty.
RYOT went with Olivia Wilde to Senegal to document first-hand the work of the incredible 1 Million Community Health Workers initiative. Started by Columbia's Earth Institute, the goal of the 1 Million Health Workers Campaign is, quite literally, to scale up to 1 million health workers in sub-Saharan African communities by 2015. By training community members in basic healthcare, family planning, sanitation counseling and providing them with medical supplies, this campaign will reduce maternal and infant death rates, provide HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis treatment and bring essential healthcare to regions in desperate need. Subscribe: http://youtube.com/ryot Facebook: http://facebook.com/ryotnews Twitter: http://twitter.com/ryotnews Instagram: http://instagram.com/ryotnews To learn ...
Midwives employed by the Senegal government are trying to make it easier for women to have fewer children. Local religious and cultural beliefs are often an obstacle to birth control in the African country. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Ficelle. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
If the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has exposed anything, it is the poor health facilities often stagnated due to poor governance in the region. However, in Senegal the government is going the extra mile to improve its innoculation programme for children to reduce the number of fatalities from preventable diseases. Among the challenges is the design of the vaccination coolers which, although specifically made for the task, are not suitable for travel accross the irregular terrain, according to some nurses. Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Nioro, Senegal.
The recent Ebola outbreak laid bare the consequences of weak health care systems in Africa. In the hardest hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the disease is estimated to have claimed close to 9,000 lives, leading to the collapse of national health systems. Lack of community engagement and fear led to the closure of schools and markets, deepening the blow to already struggling economies. Countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Mali defeated the virus; preparedness, readiness to treat and swift government action played a critical role in containing the spread of Ebola. What lessons were learned from this outbreak and how can these be leveraged to better prepare health systems for future health crises? How can health systems build greater resilience, engage communities and cont...
The fight against HIV and malaria has been a health priority for many countries in Africa. But cancer rates have also been on the rise, and in most countries, there is no funding for treatment. In Senegal, for instance, breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women, yet the disease is largely ignored. Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar.
Over the years, different birthing trends have emerged and caught on -- from natural births to water births, under the guidance of midwives and gynecologists. In Senegal, however, more women are opting for cesarean sections -- even though they are far more expensive than natural births. Let's find out why. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica