Regarded as an example for successful democracy in Africa, Senegal has made significant progress in improving the health of its people, including reductions in measles and malaria causes of death and disability. However, Senegal’s prevalence of undernutrition, diarrhea, preterm birth complications, neonatal infections, and HIV&AIDS require increased attention and action.
JSI has worked in Senegal since the mid-eighties, bringing health services and commodities to rural communities. Partnering with projects including the International Trachoma Initiative and the Global Reproductive Health Commodity Security Project, JSI has innovated and improved systems of supply chain management and commodity procurement.
In recent years, Senegal’s Ministry of Health has received support from JSI-managed programs to strengthen routine immunization and prepare for new vaccine introduction. JSI also assisted in distributing 790,000 bed nets as part of Senegal’s malaria control program.
JSI is also delivering both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions targeting pregnant and lactating women and children via the USAID Feed The Future Initiative health, agriculture, and food security programs through Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project, focusing on increasing awareness of and demand for good nutrition-related practices and facilitating access to key inputs and services essential for good nutrition.
In alignment with USAID Forward, JSI is the lead implementer on the Live Learn & Play project, a public-private partnership between USAID and the National Basketball Association (NBA), which promotes youth development and leadership by using basketball as a platform to teach life skills, promote education and literacy, encourage inclusion and gender equality, and foster social responsibility among Senegalese youth.