The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, along with strategic partners IntraHealth International and FHI 360, through support from USAID/Senegal, is working with the Government of Senegal to strengthen the coordination, planning and knowledge management capacities of the Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS) and eHealth Sub-Committee to support the development of the national eHealth strategy and launch of a national eHealth registry.
In Senegal, eHealth is at an exciting yet formative stage. A number of groups across a spectrum of global health and development agencies, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and social enterprises have deployed eHealth pilots and projects. These groups have carried out interventions with the aim of reducing maternal, infant and child mortality and morbidity, fighting disease, improving health systems, and facilitating access to the availability of essential drugs and family planning products. Their efforts have realized efficiencies in health service delivery and improvements in health outcomes, yielding promising results upon which implementing agencies can continue to build by learning from each other’s experiences through improved coordination and communication efforts.
While Senegal has individually targeted specific areas such as training and data collection using a variety of approaches and technologies, it will benefit from a more coordinated and strategic approach to align eHealth activities and work toward a shared vision. Country leaders had already begun developing a strategic plan for eHealth and the K4Health effort builds on these earlier initiatives while incorporates new stakeholders, as well. Aligned with the overarching priorities of MSAS and the national health strategic plan, the aim of the eHealth plan is to mainstream and take to scale what have only been pilot efforts until now. Moreover, the updated approach works to ensure that, going forward, the full spectrum of eHealth efforts are theory- and evidence-based; follow key standards and technical requirements including interoperability, security, mobility and reliability; and grounded in sound business models and sustainability plans.