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Senegal aims to save the lives of 10,000 children by 2015

DAKAR, Senegal, 5 July 2013 – Today Senegal launched its National Plan on Accelerated Child Survival, with the aim of saving the lives of an additional 10,000 children under 5 by 2015 through combined efforts under the “A Promised Renewed” initiative.

Accordingly to Senegalese Minister of Health and Social affairs, Awa Marie Coll Seck, "Senegal is following the “promise renewed” processes under our own motto 'Make every mother and child count'. We talked about the accountability plan for the health of the mother and child. We have to be accountable. We have to be transparent. This is extremely important if we want to achieve our goals.”

Every year, about 34,000 children under 5 die in Senegal, which is equivalent to 93 deaths a day. The new Senegalese Plan aims at reducing maternal mortality from 392 deaths to 332 deaths for every 100,000 live births by 2015 and neonatal mortality from 29 to 20 deaths for every 1,000 births. This initiative is also expected to cut down infant and child mortality from 72 to 42 deaths for every 1,000 live births. 

UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Manuel Fontaine and Senegalese Minister of Health and Social affairs, Awa Marie Coll Seck, attended the launching ceremony, together with USAID and other partners including the United Nations agencies and civil society organizations.

“Time has come to make a fresh commitment to child survival and to renew the promise to provide every child with the best possible start in life,” said Manuel Fontaine. “It is all about equity, a value which stands at the heart of the UNICEF programmes”.

From 2000 to 2010, Senegal has made significant progress with a 24.74% decline in newborn mortality during the first 27 days. During the same period, the number of deaths amongst children aged 1 to 59 months has also decreased by 31.59 %.

In order to accelerate the gains in child survival, an estimated budget of US$ 40 million has been allocated to improve access to services, as well as availability of products of vital importance to the health of mothers, newborns and children. The Senegalese Plan is articulated around a number of strategic orientations combining better access and quality services, with an increased demand/supply and improved coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

"A Promise Renewed" is an international commitment made by the Ministries of Health of 49 countries under the UN leadership in order to accelerate the reduction of maternal and child mortality by 2015, in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG 4 and 5) and beyond.

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

For additional information, please contact:
Moussa Diop, UNICEF Senegal,
Tel: +221 33 889 03 00, cel: +221 77 644 33 22 ;



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