Senegal, having a National Health Development Plan (PNDS) in place since 1998, had an infant mortality rate of nearly 77‰ in the early 2000s, much lower than that of sub-Saharan Africa (92‰). Its rural areas, however, are less protected, especially those of Kolda and Tambacounda (100‰), according to the USAID report of September 2009. Among the leading causes of death: respiratory infections, malaria, perinatal conditions and tuberculosis. In 2003, to improve access to healthcare for isolated populations, Fondation Pierre Fabre decided to support the work of the Kinkeliba association, and more specifically the creation of a medical facility located in the bush, at Wassadou (Tambacounda region).
The ground-breaking took place at the end of that year and the facility was official opened in 2005. Built on three hectares, with a medical ward, maternity ward and specialties ward, as well inpatient hospitalisation facilities with 14 beds, the medical centre has a dozen of young and motivated employees that see patients by appointment from Monday to Friday and ensure non-stop, 24/7 emergency care. Field trips are also made into the bush to treat people unable to travel to the facilities and provide them with prevention guidance. In all, a population of more than 22,000 people is covered by this centre.
Two years after it opened, the Wassadou healthcare facility is always full, and Fondation Pierre Fabre has consistently renewed its commitment to the project since 2008. This support means the medical centre can expand its treatment offer and play an essential role in realms such as the fight against malaria. In 2013, though its operations management was taken over by the association Première urgence Aide médicale internationale (PU-AMI), the Foundation continues to care for malnourished children, for people suffering fom HIV and tuberculosis, and develop the family planning centre.
Today, with the dedicated involvement of twenty employees, the Wassadou healthcare centre is fulfilling its mission with great success, counteracting a medical desert with long-term, quality healthcare.
A few days ago, one of my children fell ill. I took him in to the medical centre to see a doctor and they took very good care of us there. My son, who had malaria, was hospitalised for two days. He’s all better now, but we have a doctor’s appointment in a week for a medical check-up.”
Achievements and future initiatives
22,500 care beneficiaries in 2014
11,781 medical appointments in 2014, including 7,086 in general medicine and 3,610 in maternity
222 births at the medical centre in 2014
425 family planning consultations in 2014
1,267 diagnostic tests performed in 2014
20 people working in the field in 2014
In 2015, Fondation Pierre Fabre has continued its financial support to help the people of Tambacounda and is working with PU-AMI to develop ways to keep the facility operational, including through the centre’s gradual integration in the Senegalese public health system.
During creation of the project:
- Fondation Veolia Environnement (water supply funding)
- Local people (Fula, Mandinka, etc.) – (site gift, participation to construction)
Since creation of the project:
- Association Kinkeliba (creation and operations management between 2003 and 2011)
- Association Première urgence Aide médicale internationale (operations management since 2012)
Programme in Lebanon
Support for the Khaldieh medical-social centre
Fondation Pierre Fabre has been taking action in Lebanon since 2002, supporting the Khaldieh medical centre. This healthcare site is an indispensable resource in a remote and challenged region.
Programme in Saint-Louis, Senegal
Operational study on early detection and treatment of sickle cell disease
In 2013, the University Gaston Berger began an operational study of neonatal screening and early treatment of sickle cell disease. The Foundation has joined forces with this effort.
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Haiti – The Foundation’s response to the health crisis
Since Hurricane Matthew tore across the country on 4 October 2016, Haiti has been tackling another major humanitarian crisis.
In light of an increasing number of cholera cases, the Fondation Pierre Fabre has chosen to join forces with the NGOs ACTED and Collectif Haïti Occitanie.