Special Olympics Senegal organized two Healthy Athlete screenings in remote districts of the country to celebrate EKS Day and the legacy of our movement’s founder.
MedFest, Special Smiles and Health Promotion screenings resulted in 543 free consultations for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Kolda and Bignona, in the south of Senegal.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968. She led the world in pushing for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Senegal found partners in this event, with Speak Up Africa who distributed 400 free mosquito nets which aid against malaria, and the Senegalese Organization for Development Support (OSAD) who translated health books where each screened athlete can access and track follow-up treatment.
Valuable technical support in the form of transport, logistics and clinical volunteers was also provided by the partnership of the State Major General of the Senegalese Army.
Diaw Diop, international singer who has composed two songs for Special Olympics Senegal, also joined in the EKS Day celebration activities as a volunteer.