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Towards a Geriatrics Policy Integrated to the Primary Health Cares in Africa (The Case of Senegal)

Ka O1,2*, Leye MMM3, Awa Gaye1, Sow PG2, Tal Dia A3, Diop SN4 and Sow AM4
1Community UFR Health/University Alioune Diop de Bambey, Sénégal
2Center of Gerontology and Gériatric of Ouakam, Dakar, Sénégal
3Service of Preventive medicine and Health public; University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal
4Services of Internal medicine II Abass Ndao/ University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal
*Corresponding Author : Ousseynou Ka
Médecin Spécialist in Geriatrics and
Public health/Research professor with
the University Alioune Diop de Bambey/Chef
the Health of the Elderly office of the
Ministry of Health and Social action/Chief
consultant of the gerontology and Geriatrics
centre of Ouakam/BP 7568, Dakar, Sénégal
Tel: 0022177 616 49 98
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 27, 2015; Accepted January 14, 2016; Published January 21, 2016
Citation: Ka O, Leye MMM, Gaye A, Sow PG, Tal Dia A, et al. (2016) Towards a Geriatrics Policy Integrated to the Primary Health Cares in Africa (The Case of Senegal). J Gerontol Geriatr Res 5:274. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000274
Copyright: © 2016 Ka O, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Due to the growth rate of the elderly (3.5%) that exceeds the national average of 2.7%, the country of Senegal will not escape from the aging process of its population. For now, gérontological issues do not stand in terms of demographic weight, but instead in terms of social destructuration, destruction of community solidarity networks and finally in terms of poverty. Despite the implementation of the “Sésame Plan” a policy of free access to the geriatrics medical care, elder people still meet issues concerning the support of their chronic affections. In addition, there is not enough specialists in geriatrics and care providers are not trained in that field. With regard to all of the above, it is important to propose gérontological and-geriatric solutions adapted to our socioeconomic and cultural context even if we still need developed countries’ experience in our réflexion. The alternative is to integrate the medical particularity and specificity of the elders in to the global care system within the framework of Primary Health Cares. Recommendations for an efficient gérontological organization in our country must be based upon the knowledge of the following data: the current and future demography of elder people; the geriatrics pathology as it currently stands and its future development; the socioeconomic and cultural data: the country health system (health huts, posts, centers, regional and national hospital, university hospital center).

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