A word from the sponsors
When I got back from maternity leave, I felt duty-bound to help the women of Bassar give birth in decent conditions.
Elisabeth Ndiaye Ndong
Human Resources Manager, Air Liquide Senegal
Building accommodation near the maternity was essential to ensure a midwife could be recruited. This will considerably reduce the response time for night births.
Marie Ba Lacouture
IT Manager, Air Liquide Senegal
Improved access to healthcare on Bassar island
Voiles Sans Frontières has objectives on three fronts: medicine, education, and socio-economics. Each project originates with a request from the local population: “we visit the villages every year to enable the locals to get to know us and to follow the initiatives’ progress,” project coordinator Cécile Gouy adds. The remoteness of medical centers in Bassar makes access to healthcare more difficult. 6,000 inhabitants rely on a health center that can no longer provide adequate care: the building is run down and there is no continuous electricity supply or running water. “We were alerted by the head nurse in 2015,” she remembers. It took 18 months of works before the new 340 m2 complex was inaugurated, with a renovated maternity ward, a brand-new general practice center, a dispensary, and accommodation for the midwife. The Air Liquide Foundation funded the acquisition of the materials needed for the works and certain equipment, including a Doppler fetal monitor and an auscultation lamp.
Continuous support for women
Thanks to the construction of accommodation, the Health Center’s maternity ward could hire a full-time midwife. “Now the midwife is respected by the locals,” the coordinator explains. “In fact, she has just extended her contract.” Support for pregnant women has improved and there is increased neonatal monitoring: the number of prenatal consultations has been multiplied by 5 and a family planning department has been set up. In terms of general practice, the progressive increase in the number of consultations has led to an improvement in care for the sick. “We drop by regularly to ensure that the buildings are maintained correctly and to carry out medical and IT training,” Cécile Gouy finishes . “The center is now autonomous: the price of consultations finances its operations and rainwater recovery and solar power systems have been installed in all buildings.”
To find out more
Read about the previous Voiles Sans Frontières project supported by the Air Liquide Foundation