We are supporting the national expansion of an innovative program to increase access to contraception in Senegal. Our progress to date:
Senegal's Minister of Health and Social Action Awa Marie Coll Seck explains how her country was able to improve access to contraceptives for millions of women – with MSD for Mothers' help – in this inspiring video produced by our partner IntraHealth International. "We had a dynamic private sector that could really move the project forward," Coll Seck says.
Senegal has made significant progress in reducing maternal mortality in recent decades, with a decrease from 540 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 315 in 2015. While Senegal's maternal mortality ratio has declined substantially since 1990, the likelihood that a woman will die in pregnancy or childbirth is still one in 61.
In Senegal, the Informed Push Model has helped to provide 3.2 million women reliable access to the modern contraceptive method of their choice. The Informed Push Model employs third-party logistics providers to deliver commodities directly to health facilities. This innovative supply chain model has reduced bottlenecks by increasing availability of contraceptives on the shelves of health facilities, where women can access them.