Saloum Islands Health Project

Partnership Objectives

  1. Support and strengthen the primary health care delivery system at district level.
  2. Increase access to quality healthcare in the rural communities.

Two years into the project, sanitation coverage increased from 32% to 80%. Two years into the project, sanitation coverage increased from 32% to 80%. Copyright GlaxoSmithKline

What are the health needs and challenges?

The Saloum Islands, which have a population of 30,944 inhabitants spread across 16 islands, have the worst health indicators in Senegal and have also experienced severe cholera epidemics. The situation is made worse by conditions of poor hygiene and low health coverage due mainly to the remoteness of the islands.

Description of partnership activities and how they meet needs and challenges

The Saloum Islands Health Care partnership Project between GlaxoSmithKline and the Ministry of Health and Medical Prevention of Senegal was started in July 2007 for an initial three year period. GSK has committed GBP 500,000 over four years, 2007-11.

The aim of the project is to support and strengthen the primary health care delivery system at district level, to increase access to quality healthcare in the rural communities of Dionewar, Djirnda and Bassoul. Interventions and activities address the specific healthcare needs and priorities as identified by the district health services, in consultation with the communities.

These include improving sanitation and water supply on the islands, training healthcare workers, deployment of additional staff (e.g. midwives), training of volunteer sanitation and hygiene officers, setting up health committees, installation of solar panels to supply electricity for clinics, upgrading of health huts, procurement of equipment and medicines and purchase of emergency ambulance boats. Two years into the project, sanitation coverage increased from 32% to 80%.

Partnership information

Company(ies) GlaxoSmithKline

Partner(s) Senegal Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Women and Children's Health, Other

Disease(s) Adolescent Health, Children's Health, Cholera, Dengue, General Health, Hepatitis, Malaria, Malnutrition, Obstetrics, Typhoid Fever, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Mothers, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Senegal

Start Date 2007

More information GSK Developing Countries Unit

Completed date 2011