of women have access to some method of contraception
children suffer from acute 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.
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.
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