Background

Senegal, having a National Health Development Plan (PNDS) in place since 1998, had an infant mortality rate of nearly 77‰ in the early 2000s, much lower than that of sub-Saharan Africa (92‰). Its rural areas, however, are less protected, especially those of Kolda and Tambacounda (100‰), according to the USAID report of September 2009. Among the leading causes of death: respiratory infections, malaria, perinatal conditions and tuberculosis. In 2003, to improve access to healthcare for isolated populations, Fondation Pierre Fabre decided to support the work of the Kinkeliba association, and more specifically the creation of a medical facility located in the bush, at Wassadou (Tambacounda region).

The ground-breaking took place at the end of that year and the facility was official opened in 2005. Built on three hectares, with a medical ward, maternity ward and specialties ward, as well inpatient hospitalisation facilities with 14 beds, the medical centre has a dozen of young and motivated employees that see patients by appointment from Monday to Friday and ensure non-stop, 24/7 emergency care. Field trips are also made into the bush to treat people unable to travel to the facilities and provide them with prevention guidance. In all, a population of more than 22,000 people is covered by this centre.

Two years after it opened, the Wassadou healthcare facility is always full, and Fondation Pierre Fabre has consistently renewed its commitment to the project since 2008. This support means the medical centre can expand its treatment offer and play an essential role in realms such as the fight against malaria. In 2013, though its operations management was taken over by the association Première urgence Aide médicale internationale (PU-AMI), the Foundation continues to care for malnourished children, for people suffering fom HIV and tuberculosis, and develop the family planning centre.

Today, with the dedicated involvement of twenty employees, the Wassadou healthcare centre is fulfilling its mission with great success, counteracting a medical desert with long-term, quality healthcare.

A few days ago, one of my children fell ill. I took him in to the medical centre to see a doctor and they took very good care of us there. My son, who had malaria, was hospitalised for two days. He’s all better now, but we have a doctor’s appointment in a week for a medical check-up.”

Macouta Keita 17, housewife and mother of twins

Achievements and future initiatives

Achievements

  • 22,500 care beneficiaries in 2014

  • 11,781 medical appointments in 2014, including 7,086 in general medicine and 3,610 in maternity

  • 222 births at the medical centre in 2014

  • 425 family planning consultations in 2014

  • 1,267 diagnostic tests performed in 2014

  • 20 people working in the field in 2014

Futures initiatives

In 2015, Fondation Pierre Fabre has continued its financial support to help the people of Tambacounda and is working with PU-AMI to develop ways to keep the facility operational, including through the centre’s gradual integration in the Senegalese public health system.

Partners

During creation of the project:

Since creation of the project: