Information for Patients
The Senegalese health system is complex and diverse. While Senegal has a social security system, it does not cover healthcare, which is instead covered by the Institut de Prevoyance Maladie (IPM) which is operated by a private health care firm. Public institutions are monitored by the government, but the highest quality of care can be found in the private health sector. The country suffers profusely from lack of skilled medical staff and sustainable numbers of them due to brain drain. Private care seems to be of higher quality within the capital of Dakar, but within the rural areas, it can be hit or miss.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations is required to be done via the Senegalese Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Senegalese embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Senegalese medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Senegal
French is the language of instruction for medical education in Senegal.
Information for Travelers
French and Wolof are the main languages to use within the hospital systems of Senegal, however there are some doctors who can speak English, albeit this is a rare occurrence. Many from Mauritania come to Senegal for better service in the private sector despite Senegal’s system already suffering from inadequacies.
Yellow fever vaccination and subsequent travel certificate is required prior to entering Senegal. Hepatitis A and B as well as Rubella vaccinations are recommended prior to arrival in Senegal.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country http://www.sante.gouv.sn/mediatheque/phototheques/le-ministre-de-la-santé-et-de-laction-sociale-procédé-ce-dimanche-à-keur