Despite growing insecurity in the country, we continue to treat children under five for severe malnutrition.
Although Senegal has one of the most stable economies in West Africa, it also has high rates of poverty and unemployment.
The country struggles with high rates of maternal and infant mortality, malaria, poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene and healthcare. Each year, the country sees cases of malnutrition spike in the summer months – with 16.5% of children under five suffering from malnutrition.
Many families in northern Senegal rely on subsistence agriculture or nomadic herding to make a living. They also face some of the most challenging environmental conditions in the world to grow food and rear cattle. In 2019 this led to a severe food crisis affecting 300,000 people during the famine season.