A message about Covid 19
Mar 20, 2020

Over the past week, Senegal has taken measures to contain the spread of coronavirus including limiting public gatherings, closing schools, and closing some mosques in the Dakar region. The country has 38 confirmed cases as of today, which is expected to grow.

All of our partners and colleagues are safe and healthy, and we are in constant touch with them to ensure they have what they need. Teachers and staff at the schools and health centers we operate will continue to be paid during any shutdowns.

Many, before schools closed, held meetings about coronoavirus preparedness and instituted new cleaning and sanitization measures. At the Foyer de Jeunes Filles, during the March 9 celebration of women, Maimouna Ka Sow had her nursing staff speak to the girls about the virus, and demonstrated proper handwashing technique. Those girls are all now at home with their families because the Foyer has been closed.

At the Wassadou Medical Center, the staff have masks, extra sanitizer in every room, and they have set up isolation rooms in preparation for the virus moving into the interior of the country.

We will keep you updated as the situation develops. But our work remains the same — to continue to support our partners and colleagues in Senegal. As always, your donations make it possible, especially in times such as these. Thank you.