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Institut Pasteur de Dakar and the Batonga Foundation hashtag#Sénégal are pleased to announce a partnership marking a significant step towards both institutions’ shared commitment to the empowerment and education of girls in Senegal.

This partnership emerges from a collective vision to invest in the socio-economic empowerment of young girls from remote regions in Senegal, to truly unlock their potential. We aim to create pathways for these young girls to enter and thrive in the vaccine industry, igniting their passion for science and opening doors for rewarding careers in the field for them.

Through the hashtag#MADIBA project, IPD has taken a significant step towards contributing to the vaccine manufacturing autonomy in Africa, with the aim to place the African youth as a key contributor. Serving as a cornerstone for vaccine equity and self-sufficiency, this initiative stands as a catalyst for the creation of employment opportunities, particularly for the young and female Africans.

The Batonga Foundation‘s unwavering dedication to education, development, and empowerment aligns seamlessly with Institut Pasteur de Dakar’s mission. At the heart of this collaboration lies a dedication to exposing Batonga Foundation’s young beneficiaries, aged 14 to 18 from the regions of Kolda and Sédhiou, to the myriad possibilities within the vaccine industry. Through immersive experiences and tailored guidance, we seek to empower these young girls to pursue careers in bioproduction, research, and beyond.

This partnership is made possible through the generous support of the Mastercard Foundation, whose commitment to addressing barriers and ensuring young women’s access to dignified and fulfilling work resonates deeply with our goals. With their support, we are poised to make a transformative impact, providing greater opportunities for young women to unlock their full potential and build a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

#InvestInWomen #GirlsInSTEM