Improving maternal, newborn and child health in Burkina Faso

Improving maternal, newborn and child health in Burkina Faso
Improving maternal, newborn and child health in Burkina Faso
Voice of women farmers
This project is part of the Her Farm Radio initiative
While all FRI projects are designed to be accessible and relevant to both men and women, Her Farm Radio projects place particular focus on the voice and knowledge needs of women farmers across Africa. Learn more.

 
The focus of FRI’s work with broadcasters in Africa is usually food security and farming. However, there are many factors to rural life in Africa that contribute to healthy, productive and food secure households: farming is just one of them. Other issues, like child and maternal health, are also critically important.  In Burkina Faso, for example, infant mortality is 81 per 1000 live births and the maternal mortality rate is 307 per 100,000. Major reasons for this are malnutrition, weak maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services, malaria and nutritional deficiencies (mainly iron, iodine and vitamin A). Radio can play an effective role by sharing knowledge and giving voice to rural mothers and their families.

The Project d’Amélioration de la Santé des Mères et des Enfants (PASME) project in Burkina Faso is a great example. PASME is a three-year project being implemented with funding from Canada’s Muskoka Initiative by our strategic partner – World University Service of Canada (WUSC).  We are offering our expertise in participatory radio to bolster communication at the community level in one health district in Burkina Faso. We will work with one community radio station to engage local communities in active discussions on air related to maternal, newborn and child health, and give women and their support networks the information and tools necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy, birth and childhood for their children.

Canada FlagThis project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.