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OPPORTUNITY: Hospitals and Mobile Healthcare Trailers Public Private Partnership Project

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is offering a $1,041,400 grant to U.S. firms that can execute a feasibility study for the Senegalese Ministry of Economy, Planning, and Cooperation (MEPC). This study would support the development of approximately four greenfield hospitals and the deployment of approximately three to five mobile healthcare trailers in Senegal. Questions are due June 10 while proposals are due July 1.

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About the Grantee

Led by Minister Amadou Hott, the Minister of Economy, Planning, and Cooperation, and employing a staff of 40, MEPC’s primary responsibilities include the coordination, negotiation, and management of external financing and technical assistance with international partners as well as developing frameworks for cooperation. MEPC will be responsible for structuring, financing, and building the project and the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Affairs will be responsible for the delivery of services and will likely serve as the public counterpart under the partnership, depending on the partnership structure. While MEPC would serve as the Grantee for the study, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs would also be a key stakeholder and is responsible for the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of health policy as well as coordinating and monitoring the implementation of health programs in Senegal.

Project Background

The objective of the project is to expand access to modern healthcare systems within Senegal through designing, financing, building/acquiring, and operating healthcare facilities, including four greenfield hospitals and approximately three to five mobile healthcare trailers in Senegal using a public private partnership model. The new healthcare facilities would expand access to modern healthcare systems across cities within Senegal. The precise size, location, and type of hospital facilities (i.e., facility specifications) could range from small-scale primary care clinics to tertiary care hospitals with over 250 beds; however, it is currently expected that the facilities would likely be at least medium-sized hospitals and one of them would be located in the city of Saint-Louis in northern Senegal.

About the Study

The study would assess the technical, market, and financial feasibility of the project. While the project is anticipated to involve four greenfield hospitals and approximately three to five mobile healthcare trailers, the actual size and exact locations and specifications of these facilities would be further defined in the study. On the demand side, the study would determine gaps in the healthcare marketplace in Senegal and would examine the characteristics of various categories of patients. On the supply side, the study would examine current healthcare facilities and alternatives to the project, which would result in the determination of facility specifications that fill market gaps. Additionally, the study would quantitatively and qualitatively examine various public-private partnerships models which would result in a recommendation to MEPC on the most advantageous partnership model for the project and an associated financing and implementation plan.