Renovation of health centers. Equipment for malnutrition treatment wards, neonatology wards and rural health centers. Training of staff and the local community in the field of malnutrition and proper diet.


Why do we help in Senegal?

Malnutrition is the main health problem in Senegal. Children under 5 years of age, pregnant women and nursing mothers are particularly at risk. The problem concerns people living in rural or suburban areas. Although poverty is one of the underlying causes of morbidity and mortality, factors such as high level of illiteracy, lack of access to health care and drinking water, bad eating habits and lack of hygiene all increase the risk of malnutrition.

The Diakhao Health Center is a new health center in the west of Senegal. In the center, on average, there are 105 births per month. According to the standards, women who have had a baby should remain in the center for 48 hours under observation. Due to the small capacity of the center, it is now forced to dismiss women earlier.
Education plays a significant role in building awareness of healthy eating.
Xymena Dyduch,
Local Coordinator

How do we help in Senegal?

Together with the World Vision organization, we conduct activities to combat and prevent malnutrition in the youngest children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Our goal is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by improving the level of perinatal care and increasing the awareness of the local community about healthy nutrition for children up to 5 years of age.

We are renovating 5 health centers in the Diakhao area. We conduct training for medical personnel on procedures in the case of severe malnutrition in children. We equip the delivery room with basic medical equipment and 13 malnutrition departments with anthropometric equipment and nutrients to improve the care of seriously malnourished children with complications. The 13 health centers in Fatick sanitary district will be equipped with newborn corners (places where a newborn spends the first 6 hours of life).

We run cooking demonstrations and nutritional education meetings to strengthen mothers' and caregivers' knowledge of recipes based on local products available in households, to improve child development, and reduce the risk of malnutrition in children. We equip rural health centers with educational materials on healthy eating.

health centers
newborn spaces
will appear in hospitals in the Fatick area
participants of a course
for local trainers in diagnosing malnutrition in children
Who do we help?

People’s stories

Huleye is slowly recovering, but there are thousands of such cases in Senegal, because the problem of malnutrition is huge. 23 thousand children suffer from severe malnutrition, and 66% of children under 5 years old have anaemia.

meet Huleye

Thiaroye is a town about 30 km from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. This is not a place that Poles often think about, but even there, the activity of the Polish Medical Mission is visible. One day, the Project Coordinator, Xymena Dyduch, learned from a dietitian about a child who had recently been a patient in the centre. Her condition did not improve and additional tests were needed, but her parents could not afford them. The PMM Coordinator asked for a meeting with the child's parents. She noticed a woman and a man with a baby in his arms. She learned that the baby was a 2-year-old girl named Huleye, who looked just 12 months old. The child was extremely malnourished, but the cause of the malnutrition was unknown. It was not known if the girl had days of life left or just hours. Thanks to the involvement of the medical staff and the financial support of donors of the Polish Medical Mission, it was possible to diagnose intestinal insufficiency and surgically unblock the bowel. Soon after the surgery, the girl's condition stabilized and her life is no longer in danger.



Who helps?

Who helps in Senegal?

We are one of the few Polish non-governmental organizations that provide medical assistance. We help where the needs are the greatest. Our assistance is long-term – it brings permanent changes in the communities we support.
Polish Medical Mission
Anna Haris
Project Coordinator
Polish Aid
Project co-financed within the framework of the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
World Vision
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