Despite a stable democracy and a growing economy, Senegal continues to face challenges, including massive unemployment, a simmering separatist movement and a population whose livelihoods are heavily affected by international food prices, droughts and a lack of resiliency. Tuberculosis, malnutrition, low access to sanitation resources and inconsistent agricultural production further contribute to the susceptibility of Senegal's most vulnerable populations. Collectively, these factors help explain why Senegal remains in need of development assistance.
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|Population:||12,969,606 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||75,955 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than South Dakota|
|People Served:||5,260,246 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services has worked in Senegal for over 50 years. In fact, CRS was one of the first international nongovernmental organization to begin work when Senegal gained independence. CRS' long-term presence has allowed us to respond effectively to changing conditions within the country. CRS has helped Senegalese through natural disasters, separatist violence, economic fluctuations and health epidemics. Working closely with various partners, CRS Senegal provides assistance in many sectors including disaster response, agriculture, health and peacebuilding.