Dakar, Senegal

From August 2019 to June 2020, the Africa Mercy is docked in Dakar, Senegal to provide life-changing surgeries for over 2’000 adult and child patients from all around the country, treat over 8’000 at a land-based dental clinic and provide holistic training to hundreds of Senegalese healthcare professionals.

The Republic of Senegal is divided into 14 regions. Recognized as one of the most stable West African nations, it continues to face challenges with 38% of the population living under $2 a day. Senegal is ranked 164 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index. It is a predominantly Islamic country. French, the official language, is the main language of communication in schools, in government administration and the media, but has around 39 distinct languages among them the Wolof, Pulaar and the Serer languages.

14.7

million inhabitants

70

physicians per million inhabitants (77 times less than in Switzerland!)

38%

of population lives in extreme poverty (less than $2USD per day, source: World Bank)

Surgical interventions and medical treatments

Surgical and medical specialities:
• Ophthalmic surgeries
• Gynecological and obstetrical surgeries
• Maxillofacial, head and neck surgeries
• Reconstructive Plastic surgeries
• General surgeries (goitres, tumours)
• Orthopaedic surgeries
• Dental treatments

Medical Capacity Building

Courses, training and mentoring in Senegal:
• World Health Organization (WHO)’s Surgical Safety Checklist
• Essential Surgical Skills
• SAFE Paediatric & Obstetric Anaesthesia
• Primary Trauma Care
• Biomedical
• Team training for surgeons, anesthetists, and nurses
• Sterile processing technicians
• Essential Pain Management
• Neonatal Resuscitation
• Dental

Infrastructure Renovations

According to local needs, we help building the medical infrastructure of the nation where we serve, while providing suitable shore based facilities for our programs.

In Senegal, a dental clinic has beeen renovated for our use; it will be turned over to the Ministry of Health once our hospital ship leaves the country.

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