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The State of Senegal aims to make the health sector a lever for sustainable growth. The Senegal became the West African hub for health services in general. However, medical tourism is not yet sufficiently developed, despite the great potential and internationally recognized human expertise that the country can rely on.

The Senegal differs from most countries of the subregion, including the quality of its technical platform and the expertise of these resources Medical, either at the level of activities generalists as specialties. Because of its privileged geographical position and its degree of openness, Senegal has become a competitive investment destination in the health sector.

We recently witnessed the emergence of several health centers in high-tech segments such as imaging Medical by resonant magnetic, which is a modern and efficient means of investigation that analyzes the human body in its globality, as well as the functional exploration of the visual field and the laser treatment of ophthalmological pathologies and refractive laser surgery, among others.

The expertise Senegalese in material health is recognized by all, with renowned practitioners experienced in the task. The Senegal also has an excellent faculty of medicine that particular form of citizens of the sub-region and North Africa.

COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGES

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The Senegal has become a destination for health and receives patients from several countries of ECOWAS and has assets considerable to further promote the destination way to attract more health tourists. Among these advantages we can mention mainly its position geographically privileged and its degree of openness, the raising of the technical platform medical, opening several clinical private, one body medical renamed and finally an excellent faculty of medicine known as a reference in Africa and having a center preparation to the aggregation in CAM.

Thanks to its privileged geographical position, Senegal can take advantage of several natural advantages to become a competitive investment destination in the service sector, particularly in the health sector. These include among these assets: 3000 hours of sunshine a year, temperatures ocean (25 ° C), 700 km of coastline, a close geographic with key markets issuers markets, a historical and cultural heritage very rich, a wide range of natural and cultural assets, etc.

We also note the availability of an offer extremely rich in its diversity offering interesting plant resources for medicinal purposes. The existence of a range of nearly a hundred plants medicinal and know-how in terms of herbal medicine can also provide a solid basis for developing a tourism medical based on our natural assets.

Furthermore, the existence of a microclimate producing a sensation of freshness in the Saloum Islands, with its islets bordered by the mangrove and its many inlets, which owe their beauty to the presence of micro-organisms and to the high concentration of minerals, favored the installation of receptive hoteliers and picturesque tourist camps offer tangible and relaxing treatments varied (mud bath, thermotherapy etc.).

In terms of human resources, expertise Senegalese in material health is recognized by all, with renowned practitioners experienced in the task. The Senegal also has a faculty of medicine that particular form of citizens of the sub-region and North Africa.

Finally, in terms of infrastructure, a network develops clinical private and centers specialized offering VARIETY treatments and diagnostic centers and laboratories with modern analyzes are among the strengths which Senegal may prevail.

STRATEGIC POSITIONING OF SENEGAL

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Specialized clinics in various fields of medicine that welcome, for their medical care, many nationals of the subregion, Mauritanians, Gambians and Malians in particular. State-of-the-art components such as medical imaging, nephrology, mammography, biomedical analysis, etc. have started to experience an explosive growth during the last decade.

For a long time, the treatment of certain diseases, notably renal or cardiac, was not very developed in Senegal. However, we have recently noted a recovery of the medical technical platform, particularly on so-called “invasive” technologies, to visualize, for example, the arteries of patients and treat coronary artery disease.

For some diagnoses alone, Senegalese and subregional patients were obliged to go to either the Maghreb, Europe or the United States. The opening of several clinical specialized in Senegal and specifically in Dakar is part of a process to offer care quality, to reduce the costs related to the management of patients and limiting discharges to the foreign and to contribute to the objective of Dakar hub medical sub- regional to capture and déliser patients in the sub-region of west Africa.

The country is today a very competitive investment destination in the health sector. However, in order to expand its offering in this segment of services, Senegal must ensure a rise in range in this sector which will attract investors in leading sectors (biotechnology medical, institutes cancer, analysis laboratories pharmaceutical, etc.). In order to consolidate its position as a privileged center for health services in the subregion, Senegal must now expand its offer of opportunities which will make it a more attractive destination.

The health sector, with high added value, focused on biomedical research, clinical trials, pharmaceuticals and phytopharmaceuticals, finds in Senegal the ideal conditions for its development.

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