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Senegal

Sightsavers has been working in Senegal since 2001. In 2017 we screened 76,000 people for eye conditions such as cataracts.

Oumou sits with two children outside on a bench, all three are smiling.

It is estimated 1.1 per cent of the population of Senegal are blind that’s why we’re working to ensure eye health services are available to all, particularly those who are marginalised or vulnerable.

We provide vision tests and deworming treatment in 31 schools as part of the School Health Integrated Programming project. In the future this could be rolled out nationally to ensure all children have access to eye health care. We’re also working to eliminate trachoma, a neglected tropical disease, which is a major public health problem in Senegal: about 25,000 people in the country are blind because of the disease.

Alongside eye health programmes, Sightsavers is working to empower people with disabilities. In 2017, we helped 200 children with visual impairments and other disabilities in Senegal to go to school, ensuring they are educated alongside their peers. We also helped to train teachers and other educational staff in inclusion, and are working in four regions, including Dakar, to increase the political participation of women and men with disabilities by promoting involvement in local elections and community decision-making.

Our work is aligned with the Global Goals (also referred to as the sustainable development goals) and directly contributes to achieving them in Senegal. In the video below our Senegal Country Director Salimata Bocoum speaks about our successful inclusive education project.

At a glance

Total population
  • 15.4 million

  • What we focus on
  • Cataracts
  • Trachoma

    Key programmes
  • Cataract surgery
  • Tropical Data Project
  • SHIP: health in schools
  • Inclusive education in Senegal
  • Mohamed walking with his aunt, Dione, who takes care of him.

    How we’re making a difference in Senegal

    Mouhamed, who is visually impaired, used to sit at home all day. But thanks to an inclusive education programme, he is now able to go to school and learn with his friends.

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