The provisioning of computer systems for the improvement of patient management and clinical and pharmacy records at the Dalal Xel de Fatick and Thies health centres in Senegal

The project aims to improve the capacity for mental health care and management at the centres in Dalal Xel, in the regions of Thiès and Fatick, in Senegal.

Its socio-demographic context makes Senegal a country with a steadily increasing population. The year 2014 ended with an increase of 451,516 people compared to 2013. The female population was the majority, representing 50.93% of the total.

The socio-political and health situation is shaped by a Senegalese Administration that must provide its population with mental health care despite a shortage of resources at its health centres. The total number of beds for mental health is 3 for every 100,000 inhabitants. The number of psychiatrists is 1.6 per million inhabitants, while the number of psychologists is 4 per 10 million inhabitants.

The project, which forms part of a comprehensive program to improve the management capacity of Dalal Xel's centres, concentrates its actions on the installation of power lines for information systems and the installation of structured cabling. Pharmaceutical warehouses will also be established, as well as server platforms. Finally, computer equipment will be installed, and specialised medication will be sent to health centres. These actions are aimed at reducing problems related to the preparation and administration of medication.

The direct beneficiaries are a total of 22,789 people - 15,444 in Thies and 7,345 in Fatick. Of these 4,571 are females, 1,457 from Thies and 3,144, from Fatick. Finally, 1,394 are boys and girls under 15 years old (189 from Thies and 1,205 from Fatick). All of them have mental health and/or toxic consumption problems, encompassing different population and ethnic groups, both in Senegal and neighbouring countries.

The indirect beneficiaries of the project are the relatives of patients, collaborators (workers, volunteers and suppliers), psychiatry students completing their university mental health training/internships; and governmental, regional and local health service institutions supported by the centre.

Also benefitting will be small local organisations (groups of young people, cultural associations, institutes and schools) that make use of the centres' facilities and infrastructure.