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Health huts deliver care to millions of rural Senegalese

Health hut supported by Plan in Khombole, Senegal.
Health hut supported by Plan in Khombole, Senegal.
Plan pioneered the use of mobile phones to send text messages about proper health care to community members.
Plan pioneered the use of mobile phones to send text messages about proper health care to community members.
May 24, 2011

Plan-supported “health huts” in rural Senegal are markedly improving the lives of over a million people. By providing essential services, rates of diarrhea in children under five have fallen from 33% to almost 1%. Over 90% of children are also receiving life-saving immunizations, compared to only 53% five years ago.

The rural clinics exist to provide basic health services to rural populations that live far from hospitals and larger clinics. The 331 health huts provide services such as maternal and antenatal services, malaria treatment, nutritional support, immunization and more.

Plan teams in Senegal provided expertise and support to health workers, and have pioneered the innovative use of cell phones to send text messages about proper health care and immunizations to mothers and families.

“Community based health care is essential in improving the lives of millions across the developing world” said Mie Takaki, Plan’s Country Director in Senegal. “This program takes it beyond the talk. It defines the role that the health huts play in the health management of millions of people putting human resources and focus where they are needed. Both communities and the existing health system are more accountable and can impact tremendously on children’s lives.”

The five-year program is funded by USAID and implemented by a consortium of NGOs including Plan. The program was designed to strengthen the Senegalese health system and to reach the most vulnerable.

As a partner of the African Child Policy Forum, Plan supports the findings of the recently released Budgeting for Children in Africa: Rhetoric Reality and the Scorecard which urges African governments to budget more resources for children at a national level to improve their future outlook. Senegal ranks 5th overall in commitment to children through budgeting, with 12% of the total dedicated to health.

Learn more about Plan's work in Senegal.

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