The Senegalese Response to COVID-19

The following is a project created by Fatimah Cissé for the Global Pandemics in an Unequal World taught by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.

With the spread of COVID-19 there has been a great deal of variation in how governments and leaders have decided to address and combat the spread of the virus. In this paper, Senegal’s history with infectious diseases such as Ebola will be addressed and referenced as to how Senegal has been fairly successful in keeping the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum. Under the leadership of President Macky Sall, who was also President of Senegal in 2014 during the Ebola outbreak, social and economic resilience programs have been implemented as well as extensive contact tracing, strict curfews and travel restrictions to control the spread of the virus. Though the Senegalese government has seen success, there have been some shortcomings in their response. The use of excessive violence and force by police officers who were enforcing the dusk-until-dawn curfew as well as the travel restricts between regions in Senegal resulted in protests from the Senegalese people. As a result, the government lifted the restrictions to appease their constituents and they continued to see great success. The low number of COVID related deaths, and high of recovery rate suggests that their recent history with infectious disease such as Ebola has set up Senegal for success in comparison to western nations like The United States who don’t have the same history with infectious diseases in recent years.

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