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Sexual and reproductive health

We are carrying out a project with financing from the Catalan Development Cooperation Agency focused on guaranteeing the sexual and reproductive health of young girls and women in the municipalities of Kafountine and Ziguinchor


The project is located in the Ziguinchor region, southern Senegal, an area marked by a low-intensity but long-lasting armed conflict. The project's area of action is concentrated in the municipalities of Kafountine and Diouloulou. Economic activity revolves around agriculture and fishing, with the port of Kafountine being the largest in the region and the cause of a large population movement and accelerated demographic growth. The area has the highest HIV incidence rate nationwide (1%) and an alarming number of cases of early pregnancy, rape, prostitution and domestic violence .


The project aims to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights and a life free of violence for young girls and women in the Ziguinchor region, through improving access to information and the quality of sexual health services and reproductive in 2 municipalities of the department of Bignona.

  • Awareness days in the street through music, dance, theater and debates on sexual and reproductive health and violence against women, where more than 1,500 people have been reached

  • Talks and workshops in secondary schools, with mothers and fathers of students, with young people in the informal transport and fishing sector, and sex workers on STDs, HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy and safe sexuality.

  • Design and distribution of 3,000 awareness materials (flyers, posters and videos) on sexual and reproductive health.

  • Exchange days between community health personnel and traditional and religious authorities

  • Training for law enforcement forces to guarantee comprehensive protection in cases of early pregnancy, rape and domestic violence.

  • I work together with the local City Council to integrate plans, policies and programs that contribute to guaranteeing the sexual and reproductive rights of women in the project intervention area.

  • Provision of running water for 5 maternity hospitals in the area, with an impact on a population of 19,475 women of reproductive age

  • Carrying out HIV, cervical cancer and family planning detection campaigns for more than 5,000 people

  • Reinforcement of capacities of health personnel in sexual and reproductive rights and support of victims

  • Radio broadcasts made by the staff of the area's hospitals on sexual and reproductive health, which cover topics such as HIV, STDs, early pregnancy, forced marriage, pre- and post-natal consultation, or female genital mutilation.

The impact of the project

  1. Its beneficiaries are more than 25,000 people, and it pays attention to highly vulnerable groups such as women victims of violence, sex workers, LGBT groups and adolescents.

  2. It represents the first intervention in sexual and reproductive health in the area that openly addresses issues such as early pregnancy, adolescent sexuality and HIV, in order to break stereotypes and misconceptions that put the population at risk.

  3. It was created and is carried out in close collaboration with 7 health centers in the area, which accompany, advise and facilitate the local team and the expatriate team in the development of activities in more than 20 locations

  4. The project reinforces and gives voice to local structures that work to guarantee human rights and, specifically, the rights of vulnerable groups.

  5. It has created interesting synergies between the Health District, the State Security Forces present in the area and Kakolum to initiate comprehensive mechanisms for prevention and attention to gender violence.

  6. After only 4 months of execution, thanks to the project's awareness-raising activities, more than 10 women have contacted the project team about cases of physical violence, and have been transferred to the relevant services to care for them.



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