Building our Africa 2030, one action at a time. In 2017, we moved closer to the Africa we want to see.
Improving Fecal Sludge Management in Senegal.
Senegal’s capital city of Dakar faces enormous sanitation challenges, particularly in the low-income suburban areas of Pikine and Guediawaye. Of the almost 1.5 million people living in these areas, about 96 percent use on-site sanitation, which means that wastewater is a self-contained within the site (in a pit latrine or septic tank), in contrast to sewerage where sewage is removed from the household. Given the continuous growth of urban populations and the high incidence of low-income people in slums and peri-urban areas, there is no possibility of providing all urban inhabitants with sewerage. Well maintained and constructed on-site sanitation systems therefore offer a viable alternative to sewerage system.
In 2017, Speak Up Africa partnered with Senegal’s National Sanitation Office (ONAS) to communicate around fecal sludge management and how a well-managed onsite sanitation system can contribute to improving our overall health conditions and the environment.
Championing No Taboo Periods.
Menstrual hygiene is considered taboo, but talking about it is necessary. In 2017, in an effort to raise awareness around menstrual hygiene management, we mobilized community stakeholders in the District of Pikine, a Dakar suburb, and reached at least 8000 people.
Speaking Up for an Africa Free of NTD’s.
Neglected tropical diseases. Yes, it's dark, and a few people have heard of them before. Yet, this group of 17 diseases affects more than a billion people worldwide, 39% of whom live in Africa. At Speak Up Africa, we joined a group of partners to support the WHO Regional Office for Africa to support the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN). In 2017, ESPEN and its partners targeted 30 million people through mass drug distributions in 15 African countries and 132 million tablets were recovered through strengthened supply chain in 7 countries across the continent.
Combating Malaria through Football.
With the support of our partner Aspire Academy and our champion Lionel Messi, we distributed more than 70,000 long-lasting insecticide treated nets in more than 300 primary schools across Senegal.
Eliminating Malaria in the Sahel.
The ACCESS SMC project brought us closer to our goal as we developed simple yet effective communication tools to encourage the uptake of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention. SMC prevents up to 75% of malaria cases when properly administered. In 2017, we concluded the 3-year project that allowed us to work with a diverse range of partners and Ministries of Health of 7 countries in the Sahel region to protect more than 6 million children under 5 against malaria.
Joining forces to end malaria.
A child dies from malaria every two minutes. It is up to each of us to act and to ask our decision makers to put malaria elimination at the top of their agendas! This is what we have been striving to do since 2014 through the Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign. In 2017, we engaged 50 mayors, collectively responsible for more than 900,000 people across Senegal, to act and to make malaria elimination a reality in their cities.