Senegal - Country Commercial Guide
Medical Equipment, Pharmaceuticals, and eHealth Technology

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-10-08

Overview

As part of the PSE and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GOS is prioritizing the development of the healthcare sector, including construction and outfitting of numerous public hospitals and clinics in various regions of the country.  Private firms are developing private health care facilities as well.  The GOS actively welcomes cooperation of U.S. companies in the health care sector, including in medical equipment, drone technology, eHealth solutions, and the development of facilities.  Chinese and European providers are actively competing in this sector.  Strong working relationships between U.S. agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USAID’s Health Office, with GOS counterparts can facilitate contacts of U.S. firms.

Leading Sub-Sectors

Leading subsectors include X-Ray, scanning, and diagnostic equipment; eHealth systems and solutions; hospital and clinic development and equipment; pharmaceuticals; and innovative solutions such as drone delivery.

Opportunities

Opportunities exist to export specialized equipment. A number of U.S.-based charities and development organizations donate refurbished medical equipment from the U.S. to Senegalese hospitals and medical practices for free.  Project Cure, for example, has donated over $3 million worth of medical equipment to hospitals in Senegal, allowing increased accuracy of medical diagnoses and treatment without the need for hospitals to buy equipment at market rates.  

Opportunities for long-range medical delivery via drones for sending and receiving lab samples and test kits as well as other medical supplies in remote areas.