The government of Senegal's plan to achieve emerging market status by 2035 includes access to quality health care for all of its citizens. To succeed in reaching this ambitious target, the private health sector must be fully engaged in partnership with the public sector.
Senegal has grown significantly over the past decade, but challenges remain to the country’s prospects for future growth. With 47 percent of the population below the poverty line in 2011, access to quality health care services is a challenge, particularly in rural and peri-urban areas. The government of Senegal’s Plan National de Développement Sanitaire (2009-2018) has a vision for the health of its citizens as “a Senegal where all individuals, all households, and all communities enjoy universal access to promotional, preventive, curative health services of quality, without any form of exclusion.” For the plan to succeed, the private health sector must be fully engaged in partnership with the public sector.
SHOPS Plus is working to leverage the private sector to increase availability and use of quality socially marketed and commercial health products, increase private sector service delivery points offering high quality care, and create an improved enabling environment for the private sector within the health system. Many of these activities stem from a private sector assessment conducted in 2015 by the SHOPS project and the World Bank Group. SHOPS Plus focuses on family planning, malaria, and maternal neonatal child and adolescent health, with an emphasis on public-private partnerships, strategic innovations, gender, and youth.