APPEL A MANIFESTATION D’INTERET POUR LA REALISATION D’UNE ANALYSE SITUATIONNELLE

APPEL A MANIFESTATION D’INTERET POUR LA REALISATION D’UNE ANALYSE SITUATIONNELLE

Commanditaire: Speak Up Africa (SUA)

Basée à Dakar, au Sénégal, Speak Up Africa est une organisation à but non lucratif de communication stratégique et de plaidoyer dédiée à catalyser le leadership africain, favoriser les changements de politiques et renforcer la sensibilisation autour du développement durable en Afrique.

Contexte de l’étude :

L’assainissement autonome constitue le système le plus répandu en Afrique de l’Ouest pour la gestion des eaux usées domestiques. Dans les villes d’Afrique, en particulier celles d’Afrique subsaharienne, la majeure partie des habitations ne sont pas raccordées à un réseau d’égout, mais sont équipées de systèmes autonomes comme les latrines traditionnelles ou latrines à fosses étanches. Certaines habitations ne disposent d’aucun système d’assainissement. Il est estimé que seuls 30% des pays d’Afrique subsaharienne ont un système d’assainissement adéquat. Cette situation se traduit par des pratiques d’assainissement souvent néfastes à la santé des populations. Mal gérés, les excréta constituent une source des maladies multipliant les risques de diarrhées, de fièvre typhoïde ou de dysenterie parmi les populations.

Objectif général de l’étude :

Analyse comparative des villes de chaque pays cible, afin de déterminer une ville par pays avec le plus fort potentiel d’impact de plaidoyer autour de l’assainissement autonome.

Objectifs spécifiques :

1.     Analyser la situation socio-économique et politique de chaque pays/villes ;

2.     Déterminer les différents types de système d’assainissement autonome existant au niveau des pays/villes ;

  1. Identifier l’existence ou non de documents de politique sur l’assainissement dans les pays concernés, et en faire l’analyse ;
  2. Analyser les actions entreprises par rapport à la gestion des boues de vidange dans ces pays/villes ;
  3. Analyser le niveau d’engagement des autorités locales vis-à-vis de l’assainissement autonome dans ces pays/villes ;
  4. Identifier et analyser les facteurs sous-tendant l’adhésion ou non (résistances/préoccupations) des politiques et autorités locales aux services d’assainissement autonome ;
  5. Déterminer le niveau de pénétration et d’acceptation des actions de plaidoyer autour de l’assainissement ;
  6. Identifier les opportunités, défis et leviers d‘action pour agir sur les barrières et obstacles aux changements de comportement durable en matière d’assainissement autonome ; 
  7. Identifier les différents facteurs qui favorisent, renforcent ou freinent le recours aux services d’assainissement autonome de base ;
  8. Déterminer une ville par pays à plus fort potentiel, sur la base d’une argumentation solide ;
  9. Formuler des recommandations et orientations visant à renforcer l’utilisation des services d’assainissement.

Pays visés par l’étude :

 Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée

Méthodologie :

-       Revue documentaire

Livrables :

    Le plan et la méthodologie de travail revus et validés ;

    Un rapport préliminaire ;

    Un rapport final intégrant les orientations de la réunion de partage du rapport préliminaire ;

Chronogramme des activités :

La structure ou le consultant soumissionnaire devra intégrer à sa proposition technique un chronogramme détaillé des activités prenant en compte l’impératif de livrer un premier rapport préliminaire au plus tard 1er mars 2018.

Date de réception des offres : au plus tard le mercredi 31 janvier 2018

Soumission des offres :

Les offres doivent parvenir au plus tard le mercredi 31 janvier 2018 à 18 : 00 heures au bureau de Speak Up Africa, situé au 18 Avenue L.S. Senghor X Jules Ferry - BP 3837 – Dakar Sénégal sous pli fermé avec la mention : « Réponse à APPEL A MANIFESTATION D’INTERET POUR LA MISE EN ŒUVRE D’UNE ANALYSE SITUATIONNELLE POUR DETERMINER TROIS VILLES D’AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST AVEC LE PLUS FORT POTENTIEL D’INTEGRER UN SYSTEME D’ASSAINISSEMENT COMPLET, PRENANT EN COMPTE LA TOTALITE DE LA CHAINE DE VALEUR.» ou par mail à sophietou.diop@speakupafrica.org.

Les plis devront comprendre :

-      Les CV des associés principaux ;

-      Une offre technique détaillant la méthodologie proposée et incluant un calendrier indicatif des activités ;

-      Une offre financière détaillée avec les honoraires journaliers des personnes ressources ;

-      Une note revenant sur les expériences acquises pour des études similaires.

L’étude sera conduite par un Bureau d’études national ou le consultant soumissionnaire qualifié en recherche, combinant les approches qualitative/qualitative, sous la supervision du comité de pilotage restreint du projet.

Profil Consultant international :

·      Etudes supérieures en Socio-anthropologie (PHD) 

·      Expérience d’au moins 5 ans dans le domaine de la recherche en sciences sociales et des études.

·      Connaissance des programmes de d’assainissement /hygiène serait un atout

Profil du bureau d’études :

  • Spécialisation dans les études à caractère sociologique, sondages d’opinion.
  • Expérience dans le domaine d’études ou d’enquêtes démographiques et de santé.
  • Expériences dans le domaine d’enquêtes.
  • Capacités analytiques.

Conférence de presse de la 7ème édition de l'Initiative Multilatérale sur le Paludisme

Conférence de presse de la 7ème édition de l'Initiative Multilatérale sur le Paludisme

L'Initiative Multilatérale sur le Paludisme (MIM) est une alliance d'organisations et de personnes concernées par la recherche et le contrôle du paludisme en Afrique fondée à Dakar en 1998. Le MIM vise à promouvoir la collaboration mondiale et à renforcer les capacités de recherche dans les pays endémiques du paludisme en Afrique nécessaires pour développer des outils et des politiques de lutte contre le paludisme.

Tous les 3 à 4 ans, le Secrétariat du MIM, en collaboration avec un groupe d'institutions basées en Afrique, organise la Conférence Panafricaine sur le Paludisme.

Vingt ans après la première édition, la Conférence MIM revient en terre sénégalaise grâce à une forte mobilisation de la communauté internationale et une volonté avérée de tenir la Conférence à nouveau en terre francophone.

Le Sénégal a adhéré à toutes les grandes initiatives internationales dans le cadre de la lutte contre le paludisme et ne cesse de confirmer son rôle de chef de file comme en témoigne la publication des excellents progrès dans le rapport de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) 2017, dans un contexte mondial marqué par une stagnation de l’évolution vers l’élimination de ce fléau.

Le consortium dirigé par le service de Parasitologie de la Faculté de Médecine de l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop a été, après une compétition ayant engagé plusieurs institutions, sélectionné pour organiser et accueillir la 7ème conférence panafricaine sur le paludisme à Dakar.

La 7e conférence MIM aura pour thème : “Dakar II : Deux décennies de progrès, défis et de perspectives pour mettre fin au paludisme”.

Trois mille personnes provenant de tous les continents, Afrique, Europe, Asie et Amérique sont attendues du 15 au 20 avril 2018 au Centre International de Conférences Abdou Diouf (CICAD).

En prélude à la tenue de la 7e édition du MIM, le comité d’organisation de la Conférence composé du Ministère de la Santé et de l’Action sociale, du Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation, du Service de Parasitologie de la Faculté de Médecine de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop et de Speak Up Africa, accompagné de Monsieur Youssou Ndour, Ambassadeur de bonne volonté et Champion de la lutte contre le paludisme, a organisé une conférence de presse Mardi 9 Janvier 2018 à 15h30 au Radisson Blu.

Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Gateway to Universal Health Coverage

Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Gateway to Universal Health Coverage

Today is a big day for the public health community! Today marks the launch of the 5th progress report and scorecard of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)!

A perfect opportunity to highlight the results achieved to date thanks to a dynamic partnership composed of philanthropic organizations, private sector companies and key intergovernmental organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO). Together, we made great strides in reducing the burden caused by NTDs throughout the world. In 2011, just under 2 billion people required interventions against NTDs. This figure dropped to 1.5 billion in 2016, representing a decrease of over 400 million who no longer require preventive chemotherapy. In 2016 alone, more than one billion people, in the world’s poorest countries were treated for at least one NTD. That’s one in seven of the world’s population who received treatment!

For those who do not know what NTDs are: NTDs are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.56 billion people globally. Though preventable and treatable, NTDs continue to cause severe disfigurement and other long-term disabilities that create obstacles to education, employment, economic growth and overall development.

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In 2016, Speak Up Africa started an amazing journey with the WHO-nested project ESPEN (the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases). ESPEN strives to bring governments and the NTD community together to strengthen partnerships around NTDs. The Special Project provides national NTD programmes with technical support they need to break the cycle of poverty caused by NTDs. The African continent still holds close to 40% of the global NTD burden and it’s time that we reverse the trend. Fostering participatory approaches will give vulnerable populations the power to make their own decisions on interventions to improve their health and well-being at the community, while ensuring, at the regional and global levels, that all our efforts bring us closer to our 2020 NTD elimination target. Now is the time to defeat NTDs.

About ESPEN

The Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) is a five year project which was launched by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in May 2016 to provide national NTD programmes with technical and fundraising support to help them accelerate the control and elimination of the five Neglected Tropical Diseases amenable to Preventive Chemotherapy (PC-NTDs) with the greatest burden on the continent, namely Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminthes and Trachoma, which collectively affect hundreds of millions of people.

Learn more about ESPEN here: http://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/expanded-special-project-elimination-neglected-tropical-disease and join us to #BeatNTDs!

Growing Gap in Global Malaria Efforts Calls for Renewed Leadership

Growing Gap in Global Malaria Efforts Calls for Renewed Leadership

Tremendous gains reducing malaria cases and deaths since 2000 now in jeopardy. Nigeria, DRC and Rwanda top the list of high-burden countries, while Sri Lanka, Senegal and Madagascar show success is possible

Geneva (29 November 2017) Unprecedented global progress in fighting malaria since 2000 is at stake unless countries redouble their efforts, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

The World Malaria Report 2017 shows fragile and uneven progress in global efforts against malaria, an entirely preventable and treatable disease, which puts half the world’s population at risk and costs a child’s life every two minutes.

According to the report, malaria-related cases and deaths worldwide stand at 216 million and 440,000 respectively, a flatline in the tremendous gains of the past 16 years in the fight against malaria. The report sends a clear warning that progress could be in jeopardy and resurgence is on the rise.

“Limiting malaria’s devastating impact on families, communities and countries has been one of the global health success stories of our time. Since 2000, thanks to significant investment, strong political leadership and new tools, we have saved nearly 7 million lives from this deadly disease. Today, we have an opportunity to save millions more by renewing our resolve and commitment, as a global community, to end malaria for good,” said Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Chair of the Board of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

Achievement of global targets at risk

The first of the global targets on the path towards achieving a vision of a malaria-free world is to reduce malaria cases and deaths by 40% by 2020 over 2015. If current trends continue, this and other elimination targets will be largely missed.

“A plateau in global funding has contributed to gaps in coverage of life-saving interventions, and it will only worsen if countries don’t make malaria a priority. We need global and domestic funding to step up if we are to double the malaria investment to meet the US$ 6.4 billion-a-year need by 2020. Staying focused on ending malaria will help achieve global commitments to end all communicable diseases and strengthen health systems,” said Dr Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

Growing gap between countries

The report shows a growing gap between high-burden countries, many of which have seen a greater than 20% increase in malaria cases and deaths, and those that are on the path towards malaria elimination. Rwanda has seen the greatest increase in malaria cases since last year — around 1 million, while Madagascar has the greatest decrease of more than 800,000.

Two African countries — Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — account for 37% of global malaria burden and require the biggest investment in tackling malaria over the coming years.

According to the latest RBM Partnership gap analysis, between now and 2020, DRC will require an additional 23 million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) and an extra US$ 536 million to sufficiently protect its population from malaria. Nigeria, in turn, will need around 72 million additional LLINs and faces a funding gap of US$ 690 million between now and 2020 for procurement and delivery of essential commodities alone. Currently, 13 Nigerian states have no dedicated funding to fight malaria.

Meanwhile, countries such as Senegal and Sri Lanka are showing that beating malaria is possible. Sri Lanka was certified as malaria-free by WHO in 2016, a milestone largely achieved through domestic financing. Senegal has seen its malaria cases decrease by around 250,000 since last year, and is among a handful of countries that have upped their per capita spending on malaria in the same period. A nationwide malaria campaign “Zero malaria starts with me” is engaging Senegalese citizens to keep malaria high on the agenda.

“When we put our mind to it, we can effectively control malaria and even eliminate it once and for all here in Senegal and beyond. Communicable diseases like malaria know no borders and Senegal will need to strengthen its current collaboration with neighbouring countries to defeat the disease together,” said Prof. Awa Coll Seck, Senegal’s Minister of State and an RBM Partnership to End Malaria Board Member.

New and emerging threats call for new responses

Between 2000 and 2015, funding and the widespread uptake of new effective tools like artemisinin-based therapies, better diagnostics and insecticide-treated bed nets, led to a 60% decrease in malaria deaths. However, new responses are needed to address growing concerns over drug resistance in the Mekong region, insecticide resistance in large areas of Africa, as well as an upsurge of malaria in humanitarian hotspots including Yemen and Venezuela.

“More investment is needed to increase the effectiveness of current tools and hasten development of new tools such as next generation insecticides, drugs and vaccines to stay ahead of rising resistance,” said Dr Altaf Lal, Senior Advisor on Global Health and Innovation, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries and RBM Partnership to End Malaria Board Member.

Call for renewed global leadership in 2018

In April 2018, the global community will have an opportunity to come together to renew and reinforce its commitment to end malaria. A High-Level Event on Malaria, during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, accompanied by a public campaign, will convene leaders across government, business, science and beyond to take bold action in the malaria fight.

Meanwhile, a “Multilateral Initiative on Malaria” Conference in Dakar will bring together scientists and malaria experts from around the world to advance the next generation of research and innovation needed to accelerate progress against the disease.

For more information: Xenya Scanlon, RBM Partnership to End Malaria, +41 79 520 3637, xenya.scanlon@rollbackmalaria.com, rollbackmalaria.com, #endmalaria

About the RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the largest global platform for coordinated action against malaria. Originally established as Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in 1998, it mobilises for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

Universal access to sanitation, a human right recognized by the United Nations since 2010

Universal access to sanitation, a human right recognized by the United Nations since 2010

"4.5 billion people around the world still do not have access to improved sanitation services in 2017. Sanitation remains a major challenge around the world knowing that 80% of the world’s wastewater is released daily into the environment with no appropriate treatment. As November 19 marked World Toilet Day, Speak Up Africa would like to take this perfect opportunity to highlight the work of Ms. Lena Tall Faye, one of the very few women leading incredible work on sanitation in Senegal.” 

For Lena Tall Faye, Sanitation Isn’t Just a Business, It’s a Calling

As a young girl growing up in the Sine Saloum region of Senegal, Lena Tall Faye experienced first-hand the indignities and dangers of being without safe sanitation. Like most women and girls in Africa, Lena was responsible for maintaining the family’s rudimentary facilities and ensuring good hygiene as best she could. When the manual emptier showed up to dispose of her village’s waste, she and her seven siblings knew how important it was to stay away. They understood that severe illnesses could arise from exposure to that waste, which could be devastating to their family.

Fast forward 20 years later, and Faye is now at the forefront of bringing safe sanitation to Senegal and the entire African continent. As founder and CEO of Delta and one of the most successful woman leader in West Africa’s sanitation sector, she’s not only providing dependable, affordable sanitation services to millions of people, she’s also playing a pivotal role in revolutionizing the way African countries deal with their waste.

Determined to Be a Dependable Provider

From the very beginning of her life, Faye exhibited an unwavering dedication to her family. As the oldest child, she felt responsible for helping her hardworking mother, “a brave, uneducated woman, a housewife and mother of eight children who did everything in her power for us to live in good conditions,” according to Lena. While she very much wanted to complete her education, Faye decided to quit middle school and train in the area of dactylography, the study of fingerprints. That led to a job at a local bank.

But working at the bank didn’t provide the kind of security Lena wanted. After a few years, the bank decided to restructure and announced a series of layoffs. Every three months, a group of staffers were let go. “Each time I felt this sword of Damocles hanging over my head, knowing that one day, I could wake up and just lose my job. This unbearable feeling and this untenable situation triggered me, and I realized I could not sit idly by, waiting to be fired and unable to support my family.”

That’s when Lena’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. While still holding down her position at the bank, she went to the Dakar Chamber of Commerce and created a cleaning company called Delta. She did it without a loan and without financial help from her family. Her first assignment was to provide general maintenance to a large school, which she did by hiring contract workers.

Contributing to the Greater Good

Being a woman with tremendous drive, Lena knew she wanted to expand her business, and that’s when she looked to the sanitation sector. “I often saw draining trucks around my place of work. At home, we had manual emptying, so I was familiar with the draining process. I said to myself, why not invest in this sector? Not only to make money, but also to contribute to improving people’s living conditions.”

And that’s exactly what she did. She began by investing in a single emptying truck, but every time it broke down, the business would come to a halt and she’d have to rent trucks to satisfy her customers. So she got a second truck. Then more contracts led to a third truck. “The more you eat, the bigger your appetite. Therefore, the more trucks I bought,” Lena explained. She now has 20 trucks and between 100 and 200 employees at any given time.

What started as a determination to support her family eventually became a commitment to providing much-needed employment to members of her community, along with a better, safer living environment. “Sanitation is a calling, Lena said. “It’s not just about making money, but also contributing to the good health of people.”

On the Cutting Edge of Waste Management

That calling led to Delta joining a consortium of septic tank emptying companies known as Delvic, which was selected by the Senegalese government to partner with ONAS, the national sanitation utility, to manage the nation’s four faecal sludge treatment plants. Under Lena’s leadership, this private entity has helped dramatically improve the management, efficiency and profitability of the treatment plants.

What’s more, Delvic focuses on the entire sanitation value chain, from collection to treatment to enhancement of the sludge. Working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Delvic is overseeing the test site for the world’s first Omniprocessor, a groundbreaking waste treatment plant that turns raw sewage into drinking water, as well as ash that can be used as a soil amendment and electricity. With diseases due to poor sanitation causing about 700,000 African children to die each year, the Omniprocessor is an opportunity to combat those deaths while also producing lifesaving drinking water and other high-quality goods.

How to Succeed as a Woman in a Man’s World

Knowing how critical—and lucrative—the sanitation sector is, Lena is vocal about encouraging more women to get involved. But she’s also the first to point out that trying to make inroads in such a male-dominated industry is extremely difficult.  “You have to fight, have willpower, accept failure, then get right up,” she advises her fellow women. “And above all, be psychologically and mentally strong.”

 

 

 

We're looking for a Consultant to Develop an Advocacy Guide for NTDs Control and Elimination!

We're looking for a Consultant to Develop an Advocacy Guide for NTDs Control and Elimination!

About Speak Up Africa:

Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa.

The success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has infused the continent with a new sense of vibrancy - from commercial promise to population increasingly connected - Africa’s pulse has quickened. In the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Speak Up Africa strives to promote a shift in African leadership and accountability and create an enabling environment for sustainable change.

Duration of contract: 30 days

BACKGROUND

Every year, more than 170 000 people are killed by NTDs. Today, these dangerous and destructive diseases affect 1.58 billion people globally, 39% whom live in Africa. They immensely impact the life expectancy, education and economic opportunities of affected individuals and their communities. In an effort to raise the profile of NTDs and their burden at the national level, Speak Up Africa focuses on advocating for increased funding and stronger political commitment, and pushing forward the policies and interventions by demonstrating that NTD control and elimination are critical to the economic development of endemic countries. Speak Up Africa’s objective is to help provide the technical advice and advocacy tools necessary for affected countries to take full advantage of all the resources and funding available to reach the goal of NTD control and elimination in Africa.

Speak Up Africa is looking for a consultant to develop a guide including advocacy and resource mobilization guidance for technical implementers, as well as for local and national governments. The guide will include a number of best-practice case studies, key advocacy and resource mobilization messages, as well as a number of templates for communication.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the assignment is to provide countries affected by NTDs with a repository of advocacy tools to mobilize resources for NTD control and elimination.

The advocacy guide should be an easy and straightforward tool which support users’ advocacy efforts in the fight against NTDs in their own context. This will include the following resources for advocates and implementers at the country level:

  • A technical implementers guide to advocating for increased NTD resources at country level. A guide specifically for technical implementers so they can effectively mobilize resources in their own countries. This resource will describe the roles, responsibilities and suggested actions for local and national governments; donors; private sector; academic/research institutions; professional associations and civil society.
  • Traditional and innovative financing streams. This section will provide tools and resources that local and national governments can consider for resource mobilization. This includes easy-to-understand information on a variety of funding initiatives including advocating for NTD funding allocations within development bank financing structures, taxes, bonds as well as private sector financing platforms.
  • Case studies, detailing specific country initiatives that have successfully mobilized resources in Africa and beyond.
  • Key messages to mobilize domestic resources in affected countries.
  • Templates for communication (Op-eds, press releases etc.).

EXPECTED ACTIVITIES

Under the overall guidance of Speak Up Africa’s Program Officer, the consultant will advise on the product positioning of the advocacy guide, develop and draft its content and produce the document.

Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Research
    • Compile existing content components for the guide from partners
    • Interview partners, collate input, research new content
  • Analysis
    • Identify and present best practices
    • Select case studies detailing specific country initiatives
    • Extract summary recommendations
  • Drafting
    • Propose a compelling name for the advocacy guide
    • Draft the guide in form of a report
    • Prepare guidelines on updating the guide on a regular basis
  • Production
    • Prepare a high-quality and user-friendly report

DELIVERABLES

  • A timeline of work and progress, including milestones.
  • One well-written step-by-step guide explaining the tools and practices to be used for NTD advocacy for resource mobilization in endemic countries.
  • The document is expected to include best practice cases, a final synthesis, and key recommendations.
  • The guide will be prepared in English.

The consultant is expected to have a professional approach to time and deadlines.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Education: A Master’s degree in political science, public health or economics.
  • Experience: A minimum of seven years’ work experience in advocacy, policy making and/or research.
  • Familiarity with the global public health sector, in particular in Africa.
  • Proven analytical skills.
  • Skills in conducting qualitative research.
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing skills. Fluency in French is desired.
  • A demonstrated publications record, covering research, policy and technical areas. The consultant must be able to work independently and as part of a team, have strong interpersonal skills and be able to identify, understand and accommodate the objectives of different stakeholders. The consultant should be able to plan and organize work and deliver outputs according to agreed milestones. 

The application deadline is Thursday 7th December 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applicants that fulfil the above requirements are requested to submit a CV, a sample of previous work, proposed timeline for the consultancy and daily rate, and references by email to kadiatou.sylla@speakupafrica.org

Signature par l’Association des maires du Sénégal (AMS) du « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal »

Signature par l’Association des maires du Sénégal (AMS) du « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal »

Communiqué de presse - Entre 2001 et 2013, la forte intensification des interventions de lutte antipaludique a contribué à réduire l’incidence mondiale de 30 % et à faire reculer de 47 % le taux de mortalité au niveau mondial, évitant ainsi, selon les estimations, 4,3 millions de décès. Aussi, dans la région Afrique de l’OMS, ce taux a baissé de 58 % chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans.

Conformément à la vision du plan mondial de lutte contre le paludisme et aux directives de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Sénégal a mis à l’échelle les interventions à efficacité prouvée pour avoir un impact significatif et durable sur la morbidité et la mortalité palustres.

En effet, on observe une baisse en 2015 de plus de 65% des cas et de plus de 70% des décès dus au paludisme par rapport à 2000  et entre 2009 et 2015, la prévalence parasitaire est passée de 3% à 1,2%.

Le Sénégal est caractérisé par une zone en pré élimination au nord du pays et une zone de contrôle dans certaines régions du pays où le fardeau de la maladie est toujours lourd et les décès qui lui sont attribuables persistent.

Des défis demeurent encore, notamment l’accès universel aux interventions majeures et la mise en œuvre d’interventions spécifiques selon les zones épidémiologiques pour aller vers la pré élimination en 2020 et vers l’élimination en 2030.

Le Sénégal est sur la voie de l’élimination et les enjeux sont énormes en termes de mobilisation des ressources domestiques et de mobilisation citoyenne pour faire de l’élimination du paludisme une réalité.

L’élimination du paludisme est caractérisée par l’interruption de la transmission locale d’un parasite du paludisme dans une zone géographique définie. La rapidité des progrès dépendra de la solidité du système national de santé, du niveau d’investissement consenti pour la lutte contre le paludisme et d’un certain nombre d’autres éléments, y compris des facteurs biologiques et environnementaux, et les réalités sociales, démographiques, politiques et économiques de chaque pays.

Un engagement politique continu, des ressources suffisantes et des partenariats efficaces sont nécessaires au succès des programmes d’élimination du paludisme.

C’est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles, le Programme National de Lutte contre le Paludisme avait lancé en 2014 la campagne « zéro palu, je m’engage » en partenariat avec Speak Up Africa et MACEPA/PATH. Le « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal» entre dans ce cadre et a pour objectif de placer la lutte pour l’élimination du paludisme au cœur des débats politiques et de la mobilisation citoyenne.

Pour ce faire, le Programme National de Lutte contre le Paludisme organisera, en partenariat avec Speak Up Africa et PATH, une cérémonie de signature du « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal » avec l’Association des Maires du Sénégal (AMS) ce vendredi 17 Novembre 2017 à 10 H 00  à l’hôtel NOVOTEL Dakar.

Le pacte d’engagement

Le pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal représente une opportunité d’engager une profonde mutation de gestion de la santé et du paludisme en particulier en s’appuyant sur la mobilisation collective. C’est dans ce contexte que le Cadre de Concertation des Partenaires de la lutte contre le paludisme propose que cette mutation s’organise autour d’un « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal ».

Global fight against neglected tropical diseases hits one billion milestone

Global fight against neglected tropical diseases hits one billion milestone

International NGO Sightsavers and partners have taken one step closer to reaching the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as they celebrate hitting an historic milestone - the delivery of their cumulative one billionth supported treatment to people affected by these painful and poverty-trapping infections.

The billionth treatment was administered today (Thursday 16th November) to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in Kudaru, a community in Kaduna State, Nigeria. It was a combined treatment for onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (LF) as part of one of Sightsavers flagship programmes, UNITED, which is funded by UK aid. She received this treatment alongside her grandfather, Simon, made blind from river blindness decades before.

NTDs are a group of painful and debilitating infections that affect more than one billion of the poorest people across the globe. They are most prevalent in developing countries and can cause severe and lifelong physical impairment, trapping individuals, families and whole communities in a cycle of poverty and social isolation.

Simon Bush, Director of NTDs, Sightsavers, said: “NTDs impact some of the world's poorest people but it doesn’t have to be this way. Our collaboration with communities, ministries of health in endemic countries, donors, other NGOs and academic institutions shows that these diseases can be prevented, treated and, ultimately, eliminated.”

But whilst significant progress is being made, there are still considerable challenges which need to be faced and work that needs to be done to fully eliminate NTDs for good.

“We need to continue to work in partnership to strengthen healthcare systems from the inside and ensure support is given to the people who need it - together, we want to tackle the problems at the root of NTDs, which are the sorts of things many of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education,” he added.

Sightsavers works with around 300 partners to support NTD programmes in 29 countries, treating five diseases: trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, intestinal worms and schistosomiasis.

NTDs can be treated in several ways, through a combination of drugs, surgery and hygiene behavioural change programmes. In many cases these NTDs can be treated together through integrated treatment programmes.

The one billionth milestone celebrates the one billion drug treatments Sightsavers and partners have given to individuals and whole communities at risk of NTDs.

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About Sightsavers
Sightsavers is an international organisation that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people with disabilities. www.sightsavers.org