SENEGAL-BELGIUM-HEALTH / Fatick: Senegalese-Belgian cooperation wants to make access to health care effective – Senegalese press agency

Toubacouta, May 15 (APS) – The Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) and health stakeholders began, on Wednesday, a series of consultations aimed at making effective access for women, adolescents and young people to health services. health with the aim of reducing maternal mortality in the regions of Fatick, Kaolack and Kaffrine.

The discussions also aim to prevent gender-based sexual violence.

Enabel, in partnership with the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action, has implemented a program on mother-child health for a period of five (2019 – 2024). It operates in the regions of Fatick, Kaolack and Kaffrine at a cost of 6 billion FCFA.

This Senegalese-Belgian cooperation program also aims to improve access to information rights, training and education in sexual and reproductive health, prevention and treatment of gender-based violence. and the provision of quality sexual and reproductive health services.

It is aligned with the priorities of the government of Senegal in terms of reproductive health with a view to realizing the right to reproductive health, said Annick Peeters, program manager for Enabel.

“In the implementation of the program, we had to make different achievements in several localities by granting medical devices to certain health districts and also, to train health workers to improve the quality of the care offered linked to the health of the mother and child,” she said.

Ms. Peeters stressed that single reception centers for the care of victims of sexual and gender-based violence have been set up to support health actors.

Abdoulaye Ndione, psychologist-advisor in the adolescent health division at the maternal and child health department, requested the consolidation of the achievements obtained through the program with a view to propelling the health system.

“We must work to consolidate the support between Enabel and the Ministry of Health through this program. Because such investments only propel the health system,” he said, pleading for the construction and equipment of teen-youth spaces.

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