In Senegal, the implementation of the health component of the DIRECCT project executed by Enabel, aims to support the Ministry of Health and Social Action (MHSA) in improving the system for collecting and sharing health information between the central and regional levels. DIRECCT thus contributes to the achievement of objective 74 of the Senegal Digital 2025 strategy: “Implementing the digital transformation of the health sector”, and to the MHSA Digital Health Strategic Plan 2018-2023.
The DIRECCT project has acquired 167 desktops, 40 laptops, 167 UPS, 28 printers and 11 external hard drives. This equipment is estimated at more than 128 million CFA francs and will equip several health centers in the regions of Fatick, Kaffrine and Kaolack.
In order to ensure the sustainability of this important investment in computer equipment and to promote its optimal use, the project team organized two training sessions, from December 19 to 23, 2022, for 33 agents composed of MSAS computer specialists and technical teams from the various sites in charge of maintaining computer and network equipment.
In addition, still in this process of strengthening digital skills and in order to prepare the staff of health institutions to take advantage of digitalization, 17 training sessions on the use of digital tools, basic concepts of e-health and basic notions of cybersecurity have been provided to more than 470 health care providers.
This Friday, February 17, 2023, at the governance of Kaolack, Mr. Ousmane Kane, Governor of the region of Kaolack and Mr. Simon Vanden Broeke, Team Leader Connectivity and Sustainable Investment at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Senegal co-presided over the delivery of a batch of equipment and computer materials to support health centres in the region in improving the collection of health data and the quality of patient care. In addition, training certificates will be given to the participants of the training on the fundamentals of computer support as well as on the administration and maintenance of network solutions.
This activity is part of the DIRECCT – Digital Response Connecting Citizens – project, an EU-funded initiative jointly implemented by Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency and the French Development Agency (AFD). It aims to support connectivity and the development of digital solutions in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in the health, education and small and medium enterprise (SME) sectors to improve their resilience to current and future shocks.