WAHA International organized on April 18, 2015, the inauguration of its new maternal health project in Tambacounda (Centre), at a ceremony attended by many Senegalese officials, including the Minister of Health and Social Action, Ms. Awa Marie Coll-Seck.

This project overcomes the transportation difficulties that women face in accessing health facilities, lack of information and lack of communication between health workers in communities and their colleagues in health centers. During the inauguration ceremony, WAHA International offered to the Tambacounda district 17 motorcycle ambulances intended for isolated areas and the city’s outskirts, on a total fleet of 24 vehicles due to be delivered soon. Two SMS campaigns were launched, targeting the inhabitants of the Tambacounda district. The first one targets all pregnant women who attended a prenatal consultation in a health facility. They will receive advice and recommendations throughout pregnancy and the first year of their infant. The second campaign targets all people, so that they are regularly informed of available medical services within the district. In addition, community mentors, or “Badjene Gox” in Wolof, paramedics and health workers were trained on access to maternal health, through the “mHealth” approach, based on the use of mobile technology. They were equipped with 200 mobile phones to facilitate communication between them and allow them to coordinate the referral process of patients in emergency situations. A call center and a toll-free number has been made available to residents so they can join midwives for advice and, if necessary, coordinate with ambulance drivers, community godmothers and health workers. This project is part of the program conducted since 2010 conducted in Senegal to support maternal and child health services, particularly in areas where mortality rates are the highest in the country. After a first successful experience in the Kédougou neighboring region (Southeast), WAHA International has expanded this development project, which involves 55.817 women of childbearing age in the district of Tambacounda, with the objective of developing it in the entire region.

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