Capital

Dakar

Area

147'181 km²

Poverty rate

38% of the population lives under the poverty line of $2 per day

UN Development Index

Rank: 164 out of 188

Population

14'700'000

Languages

approximately 39 languages, including French, Wolof, Pulaar and Serer

Physicians per million inhabitants

70 (in Switzerland: 4'200)

2019 marked the second time that the Port of Dakar has welcomed a Mercy Ship to its shore. This time it was the Africa Mercy.

During the Africa Mercy’s 8-month stay in the port of Dakar, Mercy Ships was able to provide 1’407 life-changing surgeries onboard, to treat over 5’591 at a land-based dental clinic as well as providing healthcare training to 1’286 local medical professionals. All of this has been provided at no cost to the recipients and will help to improve the healthcare provision in Senegal long after the ship leaves port.

Senegal is one of the most politically stable countries in West Africa and has a steadily improving economy. However, despite this, the country still ranks 164 on the UN’s Human Development Index and in sub-Saharan Africa over 93% of the population do not have access to safe, affordable surgery.

Among the challenges faced by the 14 million residents of Senegal are malaria, widespread poverty and a high child mortality rate.

This is the breakdown for Senegal:

116 Orthopaedic surgeries
353 Maxillofacial surgeries
158 Reconstructive surgeries
237 General surgeries
543 Ophthalmic surgeries

Mercy Ships also provided more than 12’900 dental procedures in Senegal.

The following trainings and courses have been offered to Senegalese health professionals:

• Essential pain management
• Essential surgical skills
• Primary Trauma Care
• Pediatric and obstetric anesthesia
• Neonatal resuscitation
• WHO Safe surgical checklist
• Anesthesia training

Mentoring has also been offered for the following professions:

• Surgeons in multiple specialities
• OR nurses
• Maxilofacial OR teams
• Anesthesia providers
• Clubfoot care with Ponseti method

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