HIV/AIDS Prevention and Family Planning

Rain Worker in the Casamance

Sene­gal is our newest pro­ject coun­try. Thanks to the cou­ra­ge­ous initia­ti­ve of a for­mer employee con­ta­ct was estab­lis­hed with two pro­fes­sio­nal local NGOs Enda San­té and Futur au Pré­sent. Sin­ce Sene­gal is one of tho­se coun­tries in which fema­le geni­tal muti­la­ti­on (FGM) is car­ri­ed out in 26% of all girls and women, women and human rights also take up a lar­ge part of our trai­ning curriculum.

It was impres­si­ve here to see that women who alrea­dy had enough child­ren (5 to 8) and did­n’t want any more becau­se they were more than busy with field work, house­work, child­ren and men. The­re was this older man, repre­sen­ting the old genera­ti­on, who can­not have enough child­ren. The oppo­si­tes have col­li­ded with each other: he wants child­ren to work in the fiel­ds, as a reti­re­ment pro­vi­si­on to demons­tra­te his wealth and poten­cy, and they, the women who bear the brunt, want chan­ge! ” Said our staff member.

In March 2019, 24 par­ti­ci­pants came to our begin­ner work­shop in Ziguin­chor, in the Casa­mance. They alrea­dy work in the social field to redu­ce pover­ty in sou­thern Sene­gal, espe­cial­ly in HIV/AIDS pre­ven­ti­on. They pro­pa­ga­te con­doms, car­ry out free HIV/AIDS tests, rai­se awa­reness among young peop­le through com­mu­ni­ty con­ver­sa­ti­ons, reach gay men and sex workers, and have hel­ped more than 50,000 peop­le so far. Fami­ly plan­ning sup­ports them in their work.

Afri­ca must be saved by Africans

All par­ti­ci­pants of our work­shop are enga­ged as social workers and health workers. Our Rain Worker trai­ning in Sene­gal can the­re­fo­re build on an exis­ting infra­st­ruc­tu­ral and con­tent basis and will incre­a­se the mul­ti­plier effect!

All pic­tures are made by Xaver Lah­mer, Ver­ein Dim­ba­le. Many thanks dear Xaver!

Birth rate
4,4 child­ren per woman
Mater­nal mortality:
Women who are geni­tal­ly mutilated:
Illi­ter­acy rate:
Men 50% Women 69,3%
HIV/AIDS rate in adults:
Know­ledge enab­les peop­le to exer­cise their poli­ti­cal, social, cul­tu­ral and eco­no­mic rights.