ABC Senegal challenge

  • The World Bank article “Job creation in Senegal is insufficient to absorb internal migration and a growing workforce. In addition, most work is informal, resulting in low pay, underemployment and limited social protection. In a country with these unemployment problems, innovation and entrepreneurship are essential to get young people out of this situation.
  • Did you know that in Senegal accessibility is a very serious problem? The populations live far from the posts, lack means of transport and the roads are quite often impassable. There is a lack of equipment, such as insufficient medical or personnel facilities for the management of certain cases, a lack of training and staff capacities. Financial accessibility is low, they do not have sufficient income and therefore resort to traditional healers.
  • The availability of health care in Senegal is a long-term problem. Senegal’s health system operates under a three-tier structure, but many Senegalese citizens do not have access to any of these three positions. Although health posts are the most frequent, there is still only one post available for 115,000 people. A center is intended to serve 175,000 inhabitants, and a regional hospital exists for 545,800 inhabitants. In addition, only one doctor is available for 17,000 patients, and 32% of rural citizens still live without access to medical care.
  • Did you know that in 2001, 54% of the population of Senegal was below the poverty line? Common medical problems in Senegal result in infant mortality, maternal death, malaria, and sexual illnesses, including HIV. There is a great disparity between the quality and extent of health services in urban and rural areas. For example, in 2013, only 17.8% of the population used contraceptives. This is in part due to inaccessibility and lack of reproductive education.
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