In Senegal, the Council is a leader in conducting reproductive health research. It provides strategic and technical advice to research partners in developing, implementing, and evaluating research and using the evidence generated to improve health policies and programs. The Council addresses sensitive issues that affect the health and rights of women, men, and children, including unintended pregnancy, postabortion care, emergency contraception, respectful care of women, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
The Population Council established an office in Dakar in 1989 to support activities in Senegal and other francophone countries in West Africa. The Council worked with Senegal’s Ministry of Health to develop norms and standards for reproductive health services and created a model for community-based distribution of family planning that is used by the ministry and partners.
Council research influenced Senegal’s national AIDS program to address most-at-risk populations, including men who have sex with men. Council research has also informed policies and programs throughout the region to prevent FGM/C and address the reproductive health needs of adolescents. The Council helped establish the Dakar-based Regional Center for Training and Research in Reproductive Health (CEFOREP), an institution that provides clinical training to health professionals and conducts reproductive health research throughout West Africa.