New institution to take charge of UHC policy
November 2012 – Following the election in May 2012 of a President and administration committed to prioritizing universal health coverage (UHC), the autonomous Délégation générale à la Protection sociale et à la Solidarité nationale (DGPSSN) is created and placed under the direct authority of the President of the Republic. DGPSSN will steer and coordinate the implementation of the new administration’s priority social policies: UHC and pensions for vulnerable groups. The first contact between DGPSSN and the P4H coordination desk takes place in February 2013 during a WHO/ILO regional exchange workshop.
Request for P4H network to support the national roadmap
March 2011 – The Ministry of Health requests technical and financial support from the P4H network in order to implement the national roadmap (see below). WHO commits to providing both technical and financial support for a period of one year.
Adoption of national roadmap to extend protection against health-related risks
June 2010 – Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, and as a signal for both national stakeholders and development partners to increase their efforts, a national roadmap to extend protection against health-related risks is adopted. The roadmap is based on the three components of the national strategy: to form a national solidarity fund to pay for all services provided under the different exemption schemes; to adapt the Institutions de Prevoyance Maladie (IPM, targeting formal sector employees) to the new context and to extend community-based health insurance schemes to all territories in Senegal.
Joint P4H scoping mission
December 2009 – A joint scoping mission comprised of WHO, ILO, WB, AFD and GIP-SPSI (Groupement d’Intérêt Public – Santé et Protection Sociale Internationale) takes place in Dakar. The mission aims to support the Ministry of Health in assessing: (i) the progress made in implementing the National Strategy to Extend Protection against Health-related Risks and to identify barriers and bottlenecks; (ii) the stewardship and willingness of the Government to implement the strategy and its components, taking into account the relevant fiscal and budgetary implications of the strategy; (iii) and the technical and financial support requirements.