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Senegal

  • By: Khadidiatou Ndiaye & Daouda Diouf
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Senegal, located on the west African coast, is home to 12.4 million habitants living in 11 regions. The majority of the Senegalese population (94 percent) are Muslims, with the remaining 4 percent Christians and 2 percent practicing other religions. Both Muslims and Christians belong to religious groups that are highly influential, as believers look to their imams and preachers for guidance in all types of social and political issues. Senegal fits the health profile of many similar developing countries, but the nation gained prominence based on its HIV/AIDS prevention successes. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) designated Senegal as one of the HIV/AIDS “success stories,” as the country has been able to maintain low prevalence rates as highlighted in UNAIDS publications such as ...

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