Senegal lies on the Atlantic Ocean coastline in Western Africa. Despite the country's continuous struggle with poverty, Senegal is making significant progress in terms of development: between 1990 and 2000, the maternal mortality ratio was cut in half and the number of attended births jumped 11%. HIV/AIDS also remains well-contained, with a prevalence rate of only 1.8% for those between the ages of 15 and 49, thanks to early action from the government. 

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QUARITE Research Project

Senegal is one of the two countries selected to participate in the "Qualité des soins, gestion du risque et techniques obstétricales dans les pays en développement" research project, also known as QUARITE. This project, a clustered randomized control trial, aims to evaluate the impact of the ALARM International Program on maternal mortality in referral hospitals in Mali and Senegal.

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The SOGC's QUARITE research project is being conducted in partnership with the Université de Montréal and the Centre Hospitalier Ste. Justine.

In addition, the QUARITE project is being supported by a variety of partners in Mali, including the Mali Ministry of Health, the National Health Directorate, Commune V, the Société Malienne de Gynéco-Obstétrique, the Association des Sages-Femmes du Mali, the National Agency of Hospital Evaluation, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, and the Groupe Santé Population.

© 2006 Richard Nyberg, Courtesy of Photoshare

Photo: Nogoye Dione, a trained birth attendant and active health promoter in Senegal's village of Koulouck Mbada, holds her daughter, Maimouna, at the local health hut.

Population: 12,853,259 (2008)
Median Age: 18.8 years (2008)
Life Expectancy: 57.08 years (2008)
HIV/AIDS Prevalence (ages 15-49): 0.9% (2005)
Fertility Rate: 4.96 children born per woman (2008)
Infant Mortality: 58.93 deaths/1000 live births (2008)
Skilled Attendant at Delivery: 52% (2000-2006)
Contraceptive Prevalence: 12% (2000-2006)
Maternal Mortality Ratio: 980 per 100,000 (2005)
Lifetime Risk of Maternal Death: 1 in 21 (2005)
Average Child Marriage: 39% (1987-2006)
Female Genital Cutting National Average for Women: 28% (2000-2006)

Sources: UNICEF country profiles and CIA WorldFactbook