The Institute of Health and Development (ISED) of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal
The Institute of Health and Development advances a dual mission of operational and applied education and research in developing countries. It is charged with training physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, dentists, and public health specialists. The institute provides pre-service and in-service training for professionals interested in health and development. The institute also promotes public health research through identification of research questions, implementation of research, and programmatic evaluation.
In Senegal, the objectives of health policy are evolving in accordance with the principles of administrative reform, namely decentralization of the health system, enacted in 2008. The goals of this institute, therefore, are to bring government closer to the people through decentralization to regional administration; ensure management structures at each level: rural community, district, department, and region; and to encourage participation within local communities in the development and management of these health services.
The Institute of Health and Development is, as well, aligned with the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar through the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. This university houses multidisciplinary education at all levels including a School of Medicine, influential in training medical practitioners throughout West Africa. ISED also has a collaborative relationship with the National School of Health and Social Development through the Senegal Ministry of Health and Preventive Medicine, the school is primarily responsible for technical training devoted to advancing health services capacity.