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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

16%

of women have access to some method of contraception

262,411

children suffer from acute malnutrition

Background

Malnutrition
Contraception and family planning

In Burkina Faso, and especially in the Sahelian province of Djibo, access to contraception and family planning is very difficult for women. This reflects the general difficulty in accessing care, often for geographic reasons but also and above all for socio-cultural reasons. Therefore, 9 out of 10 women are unable to use family planning without the agreement of their partner. Consequently, unwanted pregnancies are very common. 3 out of 10 end in unsafe abortions, carried out in poor sanitary conditions. Combined with poor quality care, they are the cause of many deaths.

 

9 out of 10 women are unable to use family planning without the agreement of their partner.

Refugge camp in Mentao © Mylene Zizzo
Refugge camp in Mentao © Mylene Zizzo

Activities

Women & Children

Preventing unwanted pregnancies

Doctors of the World has been present in Djibo district since 2010, and has already secured free of charge assisted deliveries and medical evacuations. Today, the association endeavours to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, on a larger scale, to improve family planning. Eight community associations have been trained to take action with teenagers and religious leaders on these issues and healthcare teams receive training, particularly on post-abortion complications. Infrastructure (consultation rooms and delivery rooms) is also improved.

Finally, Doctors of the World lobbies the authorities for a reduction in the cost of, or even no charge for contraceptives, for access to safe and legal abortion and for sex education in schools.

 

Djibo
Djibo

In 2016

We helped:

  • 80,019 pregnant women, breast-feeding women and women of child-bearing age. 

© Mylene Zizzo
© Mylene Zizzo
Djibo Hospital. Distribution of food by members of Doctors of the World. © Mylene Zizzo
Djibo Hospital. Distribution of food by members of Doctors of the World. © Mylene Zizzo
History
2006
First intervention by Doctors of the World in Burkina Faso on nutritional and oral health.
2009
Intervention in Sahel to improve access to basic healthcare
2012
Expansion of programme in Sahel to include problems of malnutrition.
2012
Programme with Malian refugees to give them access to essential care.
2014
Intervention to prevent unwanted pregnancies in some areas of Sahel.
2014
Emergency intervention to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
2014
Closure of Malian refugee programme.
2016
Transfer of severe malnutrition programme to Doctors of the World Spain and LVIA.

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