Launch in Senegal

Published: 5th March 2021

Prof Babacar Faye interviewed by the press in Kaffrine.




The article was originally published on APS – Agence de Press Senegalaise in french. You can read it here


Kaffrine: launch of a research program on malnutrition

Kaffrine, March 1 – An international research project on malnutrition (UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub), which the goal of finding new strategies for the management of this sector, was launched on Monday in Kaffrine (centre).

“The prevalence of acute malnutrition and of stunting in the health district explains Kaffrine’s choice for the implementation of this program,” Serigne Hamdy Thiam told reporters.

The thirty-month program concerns pregnant women, from their second trimester of pregnancy, and children whose age varies between zero and two years, said Mr Thiam, chief medical officer of the health district of Kaffrine.

The initiative involves seven health facilities in Kaffrine County.

The project is funded by the British government, according to its Director, Prof Babacar Faye.

“Its objective is to find the causes of malnutrition, which is a public health problem in the majority of developing countries,” said Prof Faye, also head of Department at Cheikh-Anta-Diop University from Dakar.

It is a “multicenter and multidisciplinary” project, the results of which could be shared among several countries to help manage malnutrition and stunting.

“The program will start studies during pregnancy, during which certain factors can influence the occurrence of malnutrition,” Prof Faye added.

Local community actors will help collect data for a better understanding of the phenomenon of malnutrition, according to Prof Faye.