This piece was first published on the CSIS website.
“You can’t walk with one leg only,” said Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health of Senegal, when referring to the private sector as an integral part of her country’s health system. She made the comment during a meeting with a delegation from the CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health that included representatives from the U.S. Congress and the global health community. I was traveling with the delegation on behalf of Rabin Martin President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, who is a member of the Task Force.
Cooperation between government and the private sector has played a significant role in Senegal’s remarkable progress in increasing contraceptive prevalence, which jumped from 12% in 2012 to 20% in 2014 following years of stagnation. Key to this success was the fact that government had a clear and costed plan, along with the commitment and resources to reach its targets. Availability of supplies is also a critical component.
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