Senegal

In Senegal, at the forefront when it comes to the governance of laboratory systems in West Africa, we contributed significantly to establishing the Laboratories Directorate. It now supports the country in adopting innovative tools, including a smartphone application that improves epidemiological surveillance.

Overview

  • First Mérieux Foundation mission in 2009
  • Mérieux Foundation office and main RESAOLAB coordination office: 1 expatriate and 2 Senegalese employees
  • RESAOLAB network member since 2009

Situation

RESAOLAB program actions

Senegal is one of the 7 country members of the RESAOLAB network of West African laboratories created by the Mérieux Foundation and the ministries of health of participating countries. As part of this network, it participates annually in training, laboratory supervision, quality assurance and external quality assessment. Senegal is also one of the countries which has received scholarships for the BAMS course (Bachelor in Applied Medical Biology) held in Mali.

We contributed to the creation of a National Laboratory Directorate in 2013 and the renovation of continuing training centers in Thiès and Kaolack in 2014.

Access to diagnosis

Several initiatives contribute to improving the collecting and processing of diagnostic data in Senegal:

  • The I-Lab project which aims to develop an automated tool for collecting laboratories’ epidemiological data. Initiated at the request of Senegal Laboratories Directorate, this project is funded by the Skoll Global Threats Fund and run with the NGO PATH,
  • The SOCIALAB study, an academic research project piloted by the AIGHD (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development) in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. It aims to identify the social, cultural, historical and political barriers to medical biology services, and to measure their impact on the quality of prenatal care in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mérieux Foundation obtained funding to participate in the activities of the GHSA Senegal (Global Health Security Agenda) in a consortium with the NGO PATH. The objective is to contribute to drawing up the laboratories’ strategic plan and the implementation of activities to enhance the “Biosafety and Biosecurity” and “Resistance to antimicrobial agents” aspects.

Support for mothers and children

In Mali, Senegal and Peru, the Mérieux Foundation and Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux support the work of Samusocial International in the fight against social exclusion and the marginalization of young people in big cities in developing countries. We support education and health programs and provide operational support for mobile assistance, day support facilities (healthcare and psychosocial support activities), as well as emergency shelter.

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