The aim is to promote maternal health and multi-disease screening
The resource will be rolled out at six sites in the Saint Louis department targeting 1,500 people
As part of the program launched in March 2020 in the Saint Louis department, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, in connection with the Rawal Ak Diam platform, has identified an opportunity to support the roll-out of a health caravan backed by the Santé en Entreprise (SEE) association and dedicated to maternal health and multi-disease screening. Since 2011, SEE has been organizing health caravans in West and Central Africa to raise awareness and promote early screening for HIV, viral hepatitis B and C, malaria, diabetes and hypertension, in both the corporate environment and among local populations.
The health caravan has been approved by the Senegalese Ministry of Health and is designed to help improve the care journey for women in the district of Saint Louis, in line with national and regional strategies. This initiative is coordinated by a steering committee including representatives of the Ministry of Health, local Saint Louis authorities, the "Rawal ak Diam" platform, the National Service for Health Education and Information (SNEIPS), Artemedis, SEE and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation.
The aim of this health caravan is to provide women in the Saint Louis district with a comprehensive, integrated package of services that includes awareness, screening and counseling for gynecological cancers, diabetes, hypertension, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and viral hepatitis B and C. These pathologies particularly involve complications due to risk factors in mothers and children, although screening is also extended to the general population.
In practical terms, a logistics truck carrying the equipment and decorated in the operation’s colors will circulate from November 9 to 14 (World Diabetes Day). It will be stationed for one day each at six previously identified sites - Diamaguene, Rao, Goxu Mbaac, Pikine, Guet Ndar and Mbakhana. At each stage, the logistics service will be rolled out to a target audience of approximately 1,500 people. Outreach activities led by qualified facilitators and providing voluntary, anonymous and free counseling and testing services (using rapid diagnostic tests and teleconsultation kits) will be offered to participants and carried out by trained professionals, delivering results within 15 minutes.
Prior to the tour, messages will be broadcast over local media. During the tour, the focus will be on raising awareness of the risk factors for the target diseases and on disease screening and counseling in general. Support for medical care actions will be offered where necessary to people who test positive.
In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, the health caravan system includes a digitized questionnaire designed to assess COVID risk, advice on protective measures and social distancing, the use of hydroalcoholic gel, and personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals (especially masks and gloves).