Although training activities began in mid-1996, CEFOREP was officially created on 18 December 1996 with the mission of contributing to the promotion of reproductive health through the implementation of appropriate and high quality training and research activities. CEFOREP greatly benefits from its close association with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (DOG) of the University Hospital Center Aristide Le Dantec as CEFOREP is able to draw consultants from the DOG staff who are skilled and competent in reproductive health training. CEFOREP is also able to use the Le Dantec clinic as a site for clinical training needs. CEFOREP provides the mechanism by which the expertise of the DOG can be made available to the region.
CEFOREP is the executing agency for the Association Sénégalese pour la Santé de la Reproduction (ASSR). It is governed by a 15-member Executive Board (Conseil dAdministration). Although ASSR/CEFOREP has legal status as an association, it is still in the process of formalizing its legal NGO status with the Government of Senegal as well as establishing formal relationships with the Ministries of Health and Education. CEFOREP had already engaged in several activities in the region prior to its official date of inception, conducting training needs assessments in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Togo. CEFOREP has also provided numerous training activities in the above-mentioned countries, concentrating on training for contraceptive methods such as minilaparotomy and Norplant®. A total of 66 participants have been trained as a result of these activities.
CEFOREP has focused its initial efforts on promoting its strengths as a training organization and thus has been very active and successful in planning and implementing training initiatives throughout the region for contraceptive methods. CEFOREP recognizes its need to enhance the research capacity of its consultant network and to further develop this strategic area. An agreement will soon be signed between CEFOREP and the Population Council for a study on postabortion care. Another research agreement recently signed is between CEFOREP and the European Union (EU) for a 24-month study identifying medical and social factors contributing to obstetrical complications. Other research proposals just funded include a regional research project on maternal mortality (USAIDs Support for Analysis and Research in Africa initiative) and a study on reproductive health services for adolescents (World Health Organization).
The SFPS Project through the training component (SFPS/TR) plans to support CEFOREP becoming a regional resource for clinical training in reproductive health in West and Central Africa. Collaboration in the past year has included contracting with CEFOREP to provide technical assistance in training. In the future, SFPS/TR will focus on providing management and administrative technical assistance, developing trainer skills in a variety of new approaches, and expanding knowledge and awareness of new technological advances in reproductive health methods. These activities are a major part of CEFOREPs ongoing work and as such will have great of impact on the centers ability to provide high quality, competency-based training in reproductive health throughout the region.
Centre de Formation et de Recherche
Santé de la Reproduction (CEFOREP)
Hopital Aristide le Dantec
University of Dakar 3001 Avenue
Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal
Director: Fadel Diadhiou
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