BELOW POVERTY: 54%
ACCESS TO WATER: 77%
ACCESS TO IMPROVED SANITATION:28%
AVERAGE ANNUAL INCOME: $2,243
World Vision began working in Senegal in response to the drought crisis of 1983-1984. In 1986, World Vision began drilling water boreholes in villages in the northern region of Louga.
Nowadays, World Vision is active in six administrative regions: Fatick, Kaffrine, Kolda, Tambacounda, Kedougou and Diourbel.
Healthcare in Senegal is a center topic of discourse in understanding the wellbeing and vitality of the Senagelese people. According to 2001 data, 54% of the population is below the poverty line, which has implications on people's wellbeing. Common medical problems in Senegal include child mortality, maternal death, malaria, and sexual diseases including HIV/AIDS. There is a high disparity in both the quality and extent of health services between urban and rural areas. The greatest problems in public health are in the East and South (Louga, Kaolack, and Tambacounda) and the region of Casamance.
Currently, there is a need to improve Senegal’s infrastructure to promote a healthy, decent living environment for the Senegalese. Additionally, the country needs more doctors and health personnel, particularly general practitioners, gynecologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, and cardiologists. Moreover, there is a strong need to have more of these personnel in rural areas: as of 2008, Senegal has only twenty full-fledged hospitals, seven of which are in Dakar. From approximately 1905 to the present, there have been significant shifts in Senegal’s healthcare system, the system’s structures, specific diseases that are problematic in Senegal, as well as issues affecting women and children and access to healthcare in Senegal.