Burkina Faso

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Working to preserve the health of women and families since 1995.

  • Jhpiego collaborated with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to introduce and expand postpartum IUD services, resulting in more than 300 health facilities across all 13 of the country’s regions now providing postpartum IUDs to women who recently delivered and want to space their next pregnancy. From 2019 to 2021, more than 100,000 postpartum women initiated a modern contraceptive method.
  • From January 2016 to March 2020, the percentage of postpartum women adopting a family planning method increased from 25% to 68% and the percentage of postpartum women who adopted long-acting, reversible contraception increased from 19% to 22%. As a result, the MOH is scaling up postpartum family planning services across the country.
  • With the MOH, Jhpiego piloted and introduced cervical cancer prevention services at two university hospitals and subsequently expanded them to 21 additional sites with financial support from other organizations. Currently, efforts are underway to integrate cervical cancer prevention services into other health services and to adopt the latest screening and treatment technologies (e.g., HPV molecular testing and thermal ablation).
  • Jhpiego provides expertise to the MOH’s malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment activities. From 2014 to 2022, more than 55.7 million children and adults received prompt malaria confirmatory testing and appropriate treatment, over 2.1 million pregnant women received preventive treatment and 3.4 million insecticide-treated bed nets, and over 2 million children received seasonal malaria chemoprevention. These efforts have contributed significantly to reductions in national malaria morbidity and mortality.

Our Work in Burkina Faso

The Jhpiego-led, five-year Integrated Health Services Project (IHS) supports the Government of Burkina Faso to increase access, equity and uptake of quality, gender-sensitive, integrated services for malaria and reproductive, maternal newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in 19 districts in the Centre-Est, Centre-Ouest and Sud-Ouest regions. IHS works from the national level to the community level to empower district health management teams, facility-based health workers, community health workers and communities by providing capacity building and supportive supervision. By using a client-centered approach to respond to client preferences and expectations, especially for marginalized and vulnerable populations, the project is minimizing missed opportunities and providing timely, targeted care. IHS is expanding use of a digital health platform at all levels of the health system in the targeted regions to promote quality integrated service delivery and improve data quality and use of data for clinical decision-making and management. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Other members of the consortium include Terre des Hommes, Viamo and local organizations Conseil Burkinabe des Organisations de Développement Communautaire (BURCASO) and Association Songui Manegré/Aide au Développement Endogène (ASMADE).

Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this five-year project builds upon activities funded by CDC to support Global Health Security through implementation of programs and activities that focus on protecting and improving health globally through partnerships with Ministries of Health and other institutions. With an initial emphasis on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is supporting countries—including Burkina Faso—and carrying out regional work in West Africa and South America to improve prevention of avoidable epidemics, including naturally occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens, and to improve ability to detect threats early and respond rapidly and effectively to public health threats of international concern. The project is being implemented by a Jhpiego-led consortium that includes the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Global Scientific Solutions for Health, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Global Health.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this program promotes access to family planning choices in West African countries by supporting the introduction and scale-up of subcutaneous depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC). DMPA-SC is an innovative injectable contraceptive—also known as Sayana® Press—that can dramatically expand access and choice for women. Jhpiego is enhancing ongoing efforts of the Access Collaborative by strengthening health systems to accelerate introduction and scale-up of DMPA-SC in several West African countries. This is being done in Burkina Faso through advocacy on the national, regional and local levels with officials, leaders, providers and clients, sharing of best practices among partners and the creation of a technical working group to work towards administration of DMPA-SC by community health workers and self-injection by patients.

This four-year project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, builds on the PMA2020 project, which used innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys monitoring key health and development indicators. PMA is enhancing this survey platform to generate high-quality data and ensure that governments, donors, managers and advocates use this data to make decisions regarding family planning programs. In addition to scaling up the survey platform for more widespread use, this project supports expanding it to include additional technical areas. Co-led by Jhpiego and the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, this project is operational in several African and Asian countries, including Burkina Faso.

Unitaid is funding a consortium, led by Expertise France, that seeks to eliminate cervical cancer in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala and the Philippines through secondary prevention (i.e., detecting disease early to slow or halt its progress). The three-year SUCCESS project is designed to shift the countries from a largely opportunistic cervical cancer screening model to a systematic approach centered on innovations related to: 1) reinforced and simplified cervical cancer screening through the introduction of human papilloma virus (HPV) testing with self-collection sampling; 2) secondary prevention of cervical cancer including use of efficient methods for treatment of cervical precancerous lesions such as thermal ablation; and 3) intensified dissemination of information on cervical cancer and new preventive technologies. In so doing, SUCCESS aims to support countries to “leapfrog” to a state-of-the-art services model recommended by the World Health Organization. As the implementing partner of the consortium, Jhpiego is integrating and expanding cervical cancer prevention and treatment services into both new and existing platforms, relying on our established relationships with governments and stakeholders in all four countries. Through demand-generation and community engagement activities, the project plans to screen a total of 185,000 women, a significant proportion of whom will be women living with HIV.

Under a sub-award with Plan International, funded by the European Commission, Jhpiego is helping to strengthen the supply and demand of civil and social promotion services at health center, community and school levels in two regions of Burkina Faso. Jhpiego is working closely with Plan International, the Ministry of Health, regional and district health teams and civil society organizations to help increase the supply and demand for family planning (FP) and other sexual and reproductive health services (SRH)—including services specific to youth and adolescents—at 160 health facilities and communities in the two regions. Jhpiego-led activities include: 1) support to the Ministry of Health to update FP policies and strategies; 2) capacity building of health care providers to provide a comprehensive FP package to couples and women of childbearing age, including adolescents and youth; 3) training of community health workers on community-based distribution of FP methods, including the injectable contraceptive DMPA-SC; 4) meetings with local leaders in each region by third-party nongovernmental organizations and local associations to advocate for the promotion of FP, adolescent SRH and children’s rights; and 5) provision of technical assistance to targeted governmental ministries and technical departments.

This three-year project, funded by a Large Anonymous Donor through the Ministry of Health, has the objective of improving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by strengthening the health system in Burkina Faso. Jhpiego and other implementing partners (Pathfinder and EngenderHealth) are providing technical support for the implementation of a coordinated set of project activities in five health regions of the country (Centre, Centre-Est, Centre-Sud, Centre-Ouest and Est). These activities include: 1) build and expand access to high-quality family planning (FP) and abortion services through innovative changes; 2) build the capacity of health facilities to offer high-quality FP, abortion and other SRH services; and 3) strengthen the health information system for FP, abortion and other SRH service provision.

This project, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seeks to enhance detection and response to infectious disease threats globally by developing networks to implement prevention and containment strategies at local, national and regional levels. Interventions are aimed to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats in healthcare, including antimicrobial resistance, healthcare-associated infections and COVID-19. Jhpiego’s role in this project, which is led by Global Scientific Solutions for Health, is to help facilities in Burkina Faso better respond to threats associated with meningitis.