The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began working in Senegal in 2001, with an initial focus on supporting the HIV sentinel surveillance program. The launch of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative in 2006 and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2010 expanded CDC’s support. In 2015, under the Global Health Security Agenda, CDC established an office in Senegal in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Action, the World Health Organization, and other partners to strengthen the country’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks.
What CDC is Doing in Senegal
CDC Impact in Senegal
Supported development of the first electronic HIV case reporting and surveillance system in the region.
With support from CDC, Senegal’s HIV reference laboratory was the first public health laboratory in West Africa to achieve international accreditation.
8 cohorts and 182 participants have graduated from the FETP frontline level training since 2016. An intermediate (9-month) level program was launched in 2019 to add more advanced epidemiological capacity to health sectors in Senegal.
CDC supported the expansion of Senegal’s Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response to include community-based surveillance reporting.
Through CDC support, the national measles rubella first dose coverage in 2018 was 82%, and second dose coverage was 63%.
CDC Staff in Senegal
4 U.S. Assignees
3 Locally Employed
Senegal at a Glance
Population: 15,850,567 (2017)
Per capita income: $2,620
Life expectancy at birth: F 69/M 65 years
Infant mortality rate: 42/1,000 live births
Sources: World Bank 2018, Senegal Population Reference Bureau 2018, Senegal