Project supported by Casamasanté
In Senegal, just as in other parts of the world, the falling mortality rates go hand in hand with changes in the hierarchy of death causes, with the presence of fewer transmissible infections, whereas non-transmissible infections (such as cardio-vascular diseases, cancers and diabetes), are growing in frequency. The proportion of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases has been rising steadily going from 8% of all the deaths in 1990 to 16% in 2016.
Through traditional wrestling, Casamasanté Association carries out preventive actions that have proven their efficiency in France (lower cardio-vascular risk factors). It shall be assisted in the project’s implementation and deployment by the Fédération Sportive et Gymnique du Travail (FSGT) and shall benefit from both its expertise in the field of sport practice tailored to the young and its experience in project implementation overseas.
- Proposing to youngsters an organisational and structural environment that helps them to access varied, attractive and safe physical activities with the suitable equipment
- Provide the material and institutional conditions for practice so that the young may apply any acquired knowledge and skills
- Considerably reducing the recurrence of non-transmissible infections among the young
- Reinforcing social cohesion in Casamance, which, for a long time has been said to be a zone of tension, by staging championships.
- Holding annual championships with the various targeted communities’ wrestling academies
- Recruiting and training sporting mobilisers in the wrestling academy
- Promoting regular physical activity to ward off sedentariness and obesity among the young
- Sensitising the elderly on the prevention of non-transmissible infections and holding free screening sessions
- The targeted population consists of boys and girls, of middle-school intermediate level, namely between 10 and 15 years of age living in Diembering Commune.
- Over the programme’s 3-year term, the total number of affected children shall be 25,000 youngsters, among whom 1,800 are school-goers and 700 middle-school goers with emphasis on the girls’ commitment.