The Health and Pollution Action Plan process in Senegal was hosted by the the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, which made its facilities available to the Working Group meetings. This HPAP was developed with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
HPAP completed in September 2020.
Mitigating the impacts of pollution on the health of populations is one of the major challenges for sustainable development in Senegal. The country’s development path is accompanied by rapid urbanization and significant industrialization, particularly concentrated in the Dakar region. The conjunction of urbanization, industrialization, transport and agricultural production results in several forms of pollution detrimental to human health.
Three types of pollution have been identified by the working group as priorities in Senegal:
- Air pollution (outdoor and indoor);
- Pollution from heavy metals (lead, mercury and cyanide);
- Pollution from pesticides (in soil, water and air) and agricultural ecosystems.
The Senegal HPAP working group met in July, October and December 2020, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. The draft of the HPAP was completed in collaboration with the working group in September 2020. The working group was made up of government representatives, academics, and local stakeholders; 45 participants, of which 18 were women. During Q3 and Q4 of 2020, GAHP held meetings and shared the HPAP draft with several donor agencies in Senegal virtually, including World Bank, the EU Delegation and the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO; formerly DFID).
GAHP will continue to look for resources to both move forward with implementation of the road map and assist the Government to implement activities and programs.