Protecting Pregnant Women and Their Babies from Malaria

Expanding Access to Postpartum Family Planning

Women in Burkina Faso are seeking comprehensive health services to safely plan their families. To meet this need, Burkina Faso is updating and strengthening the skills of health care providers, so they can offer a range of contraceptives to women immediately after childbirth.

Burkina Faso: Investment in Postpartum Family Planning Gives Women Increased Access

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—With grit, tenacity, just $200,000 in startup funding and a dynamic team of family planning (FP) trainers, an effort to provide women in Burkina Faso with access to long-acting FP immediately following childbirth has succeeded beyond all expectations. The success of that initiative, carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), has leveraged additional resources from UNFPA and other donors to scale up the availability of postpartum family planning (PPFP) services and access to the IUD in the immediate postpartum period, broadening access to FP even more widely in the West African country. Since April 2013, more than 1,600 Burkinabé women have adopted a PPIUD through this initiative.