Dr. Juliette Faye completes a Mandela Washington Fellowship
Sep 06, 2021

Despite seeing patients at the Women’s Center of Dakar around the clock, despite pandemic restrictions, time differences, and delays, this summer Dr. Juliette Faye completed a Mandela Washington Fellowship through the U.S. Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The program, begun under President Obama, invites up to 700 leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa to expand their leadership skills through six weeks of study with university-based researchers and professors.

Because of the pandemic, Dr. Faye’s program with the University of Minnesota was conducted virtually rather than on the campus of a university, but it was no less impactful for being digital. Dr. Faye continued to develop a plan to ensure that Keur Djiguene Yi, the Women’s Center of Dakar, is sustainable for years to come and can expand beyond the capital. Currently, the clinic offers free pre- and post-natal care, as well as pediatric care, to low-income women and their families in Dakar, most of whom live on the outskirts of the city. Dr. Faye has also been hoping to set up mini-clinics, for two weeks at a time, in rural parts of Senegal where licensed OBGYNs are few and far between.

In Dakar, the clinic’s costs are subsidized by seeing patients who are able to afford the full fees, and while this model would not be as effective in rural areas where women earn less income, through the Mandela Washington Fellowship Dr. Faye explored other ways to efficiently run satellite clinics. We at Le Korsa are prepared to help. In Dakar, the staff of Keur Djiguene Yi also provides education to their patients about family planning, helps them arrange appointments at area hospitals, and in certain cases, aids them in finding employment. Bringing such services to Senegal’s rural zones is essential, and we know that Dr. Faye is the leader to do it.

Congratulations on your fellowship Dr. Faye!