Senegal

Photo: Andrew Parsons for Action Against Hunger, Senegal
Population
15.1 million
Human Development Index
162 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
117 employees
Program Start
2012

People Helped in 2019: 94,976

19,837
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
669
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
74,470
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.

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We provide broad emergency response to the nutrition crisis that has affected the border areas of northern Senegal and southern Mauritania, especially the pastoral populations. We coordinate the response with the main humanitarian actors in the country, and we are implementing several emergency projects in the northern provinces of Matam, Podor and Louga.

In 2019, northern areas of Senegal experienced a severe food security crisis. In particular, in the three northern departments, more than 300,000 people were threatened by severe food insecurity during the famine season between June and September.

In addition to the support delivered in the northern region, Action Against Hunger teams continued to focus on the implementation of research initiatives such as SAM Photo Diagnosis or employment projects in Dakar.

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