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SENEGAL: The country owes WHO a debt of gratitude in its fight against COVID-19

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(Dakar, 09 November 2020) – NGO statement Human Action for Integrated Development in Senegal (AHDIS): After eight (08) months of response to COVID-19, Senegal is showing very encouraging results that have led it to be cited as an example to states that are supposed to be better equipped to deal with this pandemic. The Government, the people and the Technical and Financial Partners (PTF) were able to show resistance, despite the loss of human lives.

While praying for the rest of the disappeared compatriots, the NGO Human Action for Integrated Development in Senegal (AHDIS) welcomes the performance achieved. Without wishing to declare victory right away, since the virus is still with us, we would like to congratulate and encourage all government actors, health care personnel, communities and PTFs who are participating in this fight.

In this context, Senegal owes a debt of gratitude to the World Health Organization (WHO). Indeed, based on our own findings and information gathered from consistent sources, the WHO has played its full part, supporting the Government in managing the response to COVID-19.
Its activities focused on four key pillars: Coordination and Planning, Epidemiological Surveillance, Case Management and Risk and Community Engagement Communication (CREC). 

Indeed, it came back to us that, in terms of Coordination and Planning, WHO was alongside Senegal from the preparation phase of the response to COVID-19, contributing to the analysis of the country’s preparedness level, estimated at 64% in the early hours of the pandemic. Thanks to the expertise of this organization, the Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS) was able to develop a Preparedness and Response Plan. As a result, it has helped our country to implement Incident Management Systems (IMS) in all 14 medical regions and health districts.

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With regard to Epidemiological Surveillance, it has contributed to the training of officers in all health districts, by strengthening their capacity for case detection, notification and contact follow-up.

Case management has also played a significant role in supporting the State of Senegal, in particular the psychosocial management of patients through the training of trainers in all regions. Support for the project was also provided by national experts. They supported Senegal in assessing the capacities and needs of the health facilities selected to house Epidemiological Treatment Centres (ETCs).

International experts from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has a long experience in the fight against epidemics and local consultants have also been hired by WHO for Infection Prevention and Control (ICP). In addition, donations of personal protective equipment are provided to the Ministry of Health and Social Work to ensure the safety of health care workers.

Last but not least, WHO has been a major player in the Communication on Risk and Community Engagement (CREC), providing Senegalese socio-anthropologists and international experts in health promotion, to support Senegal in the training of actors in CREC, the development and implementation of community engagement strategies.

AHDIS wishes to salute all these actions and to express its heartfelt congratulations to the WHO, whose teams work effectively and discreetly with the Ministry of Health and Social Action. We invite him not to let go because Senegal is not definitely safe.


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