Senegal

Children in Dindefelo village have their upper arms measured as a way of monitoring their nutritional status. Photo by Helen Blakesly/CRS

Children in Dindefelo village have their upper arms measured as a way of monitoring their nutritional status. Photo by Helen Blakesly/CRS

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, 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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Stats

Population:13,300,410 (July 2013 est.)
Size:75,955 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than South Dakota
People Served:1,334,297

History

Catholic Relief Services has worked in Senegal for more than 50 years. In fact, CRS was one of the first international NGOs 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.

Partners

Caritas Senegal
Platform des Femmes Pour la Paix en Casamance (Women’s Platform for Peace in the Casamance)
Community-Based Organizations

Programs

Agriculture
Disaster Response
Health
Microfinance
Peacebuilding
Other


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