Urban Reproductive Health Initiative in Senegal (ISSU)

The Initiative Sénégalaise de Santé Urbaine or ISSU aimed to improve the quality of life of Senegal’s urban poor by increasing the accessibility, quality, and use of family planning services.

In three districts covered by this project, contraceptive prevalence among the poorest quintile of the population increased between 9.4 and 14.1 percentage points from baseline to mid-term of the project. 

IntraHealth partnered with religious leaders to train community-based religious mediators and health educators to promote the benefits of family planning. These advocates have visited more than 14,000 households and met with over 21,000 women and men.

Project Initiatives

IntraHealth  worked with Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Social Action and project partners to:

  • Develop cost-effective ways to integrate family planning with current maternal and child health programs
  • Work with high-volume urban clinics to improve the quality of their family planning services
  • Develop, test, and facilitate partnerships between public and private health care providers to increase access to family planning services
  • Increase awareness of and support for family planning services through community-based behavior change communication and advocacy among religious leaders
  • Enhance Senegal’s supportive national-level policy environment for family planning activities.

This work is being continued under the PASS-2020 project.