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January 11, 2010

MLI Voice: Senegal

Ndack Ly

MLI is working with the Ministry of Health and Prevention in Senegal to refine its health sector-wide approach (SWAP) and to develop new formulas for allocating resources to the district and hospital levels. As a part of the 2009 action plan, two studies were undertaken around these focus areas and the reports are currently in the validation phase. Two separate delegations undertook study tours in 2009 in order to learn more about the sector-wide approach and resource allocation criteria: to Mali in August and to Rwanda in October. Each mission had different exchanges and priorities; however, we drew some major conclusions and learned lessons that will help the Ministry with its progress on the reforms underway in Senegal.

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August 13, 2009

MLI Voice: Senegal

Ndack Ly

My work with MLI began this past March as the Country Lead for Senegal. In this role, I coordinate all MLI activities in Senegal in close collaboration with Moussa Mbaye, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health. Following the launch of MLI in Senegal, the Ministry convened a Task Force, composed of senior Ministry officials and development partners to meet regularly to discuss all MLI activities. I serve as a liaison between the Task Force and MLI headquarters in Washington to communicate Task Force priorities and to advance the implementation of technical assistance priorities.

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July 30, 2009 (All day)

Senegal: Looking inside the Health Ministry

John Donnelly

DAKAR, Senegal - The second-in-command at the Ministry of Health in Senegal said he had many challenges, but one was easy to pinpoint: reducing the number of women dying during childbirth.

"There's a lot we have done but there's much more to this in reducing the deaths," said said Secretary General Moussa Mbaye. "Improving reproductive health is a central issue in the development of this country."

Senegal, which has had a strong record in several health initiatives from HIV prevention to vaccination rates, still has high maternal mortality figures - 410 deaths for every 100,000 births. A Senegalese woman's chance of dying while giving birth is one in 21 over her childbearing years.

As published in Global Health Magazine, July 30, 2009.

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