Human Development Index
162 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2020: 174,063
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs
Although Senegal has one of the most stable economies in West Africa, it also has high rates of poverty and unemployment—around half of the population lives below the poverty line. Senegal struggles with high rates of maternal and infant mortality, malaria, and other diseases, but the national health system is not equipped to provide services for those in need, especially in rural areas. These underserved populations are at greater risk for malnutrition and related illnesses.
In Senegal, more than seven million, or nearly half of the population, lives in poverty. Across the country, 9% of people are acutely malnourished and 18% are stunted. After a poor harvest at the end of 2019, food insecurity and malnutrition rates in Senegal increased in 2020, especially in the northern regions, where most of Action Against Hunger's programs are located.
In 2020, to facilitate the continuity of nutrition treatment programs and reach more people through community-based approaches, we supported the Ministry of Health to train community health workers to treat malnutrition in fragile regions including Matam and Louga. As part of our strategic partnership forged in 2020 with the Ministry of Women, we provided support for the Women's Empowerment Center in producing infection prevention and control kits.
Our agropastoral surveillance platform, operational since 2018, has enabled farmers in the north to secure their livestock in the face of climate shocks and to adapt to market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are helping nearly 100,000 people improve their food security, while also implementing prevention and response projects against COVID-19.