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.

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    Highlights from program activities from December 2016 through April 2020:

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    Young people reached through community activities or SMS
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    Couple years of protection provided
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    Liters of water treated

    Program Components

    Program Components

    Engaging the private sector in health financing programs

    SHOPS Plus’ 2017 study on private provider participation in mutuelles found a lack of dialogue between private providers, mutuelles, and the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Agency. To ensure continued dialogue, SHOPS Plus is supporting the participation of the Ministry of Finance and private sector representatives in the UHC Agency’s monitoring meetings. In 2019, SHOPS Plus facilitated an agreement between the ASPS and the UHC Agency that outlines the framework for supporting increased private provider participation in mutuelles. 
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    Improving performance through assessments

    SHOPS Plus is working with the Ministry of Health to include private sector data in country-wide information systems and to use this data to inform future healthcare decisions. Public-Private Engagement, Research
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    Improving private provider access to finance

    SHOPS Plus works to increase access to finance for private sector health providers and to increase the number and types of health financing mechanisms available to private sector health providers in Senegal. Provider Access to Finance

    Publications about Senegal



    Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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