Official launch of the Club Santé Afrique in West Africa

June 20, 2012

The Club Santé Afrique was inaugurated in Dakar on June 20, 2012, in the presence of a hundred representatives of health authorities, UN agencies, ambassadors, local and French institutions, partners and journalists.

The Club Santé Afrique was created by a group of partners, of which Sanofi Espoir Foundation was one of the first, along with CFAO, Bouygues, and a panel of African experts, to support the rollout of healthcare programs coordinated by AMREF, the first African public health NGO. By pooling financial resources and complementary domains of expertise, Club Santé Afrique is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions to the healthcare challenges faced by African communities, particularly those living in more remote areas, in support of health policies in the recipient countries. The programs already under way in Senegal, in the regions of Ziguinchor, Kolda, Sédhiou, Matam, Louga, Tambacounda and Kedougou, cover mobile medical assistance, telemedicine, e-learning training for nurses and midwives, healthcare schools with integrated wash-malaria-nutrition programs and better laboratory capacity.

At the launch ceremony, Dr. Mbaye Moussa, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and Social Action in Senegal, said that by choosing to act in the most remote areas and use new information and communication technology to bring communities closer together, the Club Santé helped reduce barriers to healthcare access and enhance the quality of care provided to isolated populations. A cooperation agreement memorandum was signed between Dr. Placido Cardoso, Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), and Dr. Teguest Guerma, Director General of AMREF, to extend the Club Santé Afrique programs to more countries in West Africa in 2013, particularly Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, in the presence of ambassadors and representatives of these countries.

The event was followed by a field visit to the Louga region, where the first surgical operation in this isolated area was carried out. After meeting the head doctor of the region and discussions on the medical and healthcare situation, the Club Santé Afrique and AMREF attended a community session of interactive and educational awareness-raising, and actively participated by playing the role of patient facilitators in a cataract surgical operation at the Maguette Lô hospital in Linguere, which enabled 106 people to regain or improve their vision.