The government of Senegal's plan to achieve emerging market status by 2035 requires access to quality health care for all of its citizens. To succeed in reaching this ambitious target, the private health sector must be fully engaged in partnership with the public sector.
Senegal has grown significantly over the past decade, yet with 47 percent of the population below the poverty line in 2011, access to quality health care services is a challenge. The government of Senegal’s National Health Development Plan 2009-2018 has a vision for the health of its citizens as “a Senegal where all individuals, all households, and all communities enjoy universal access to promotional, preventive, curative health services of quality, without exclusion.” For the plan to succeed, the private health sector must be fully engaged in partnership with the public sector.
In Senegal, SHOPS Plus is working to leverage the private sector to increase demand for private sector products and services, increase access to and availability of private sector products and quality services, and improve stewardship of the private sector. Many of these activities stem from a private sector assessment conducted in 2015 by the SHOPS project and the World Bank Group. SHOPS Plus Senegal focuses on family planning, malaria, and maternal neonatal child and adolescent health, with an emphasis on public-private partnerships, strategic innovations, gender, and youth.