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Global Reach

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa where more than two-thirds of its estimated 21 million people live in rural villages.

Burkina Faso has a shortage of qualified healthcare providers; studies estimate there are as few as 10 physicians per 100,000 people and 41 nurses and 13 midwives per 100,000 people. The modern contraceptive prevalence rate for all women ages 15 to 49 is 27.6%. The maternal mortality ratio is 320 deaths per 100,000 live births. Of women ages 15 to 49, approximately 20% have experienced physical violence.

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Panoramic cityscape of Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso

Our Work in Burkina Faso

For nearly 20 years, EngenderHealth has been working to expand access to high-quality family planning (FP) and abortion services in Burkina Faso. Our work in the country helps to strengthen health facilities and health information systems, ensure youth-friendly services, improve policy and service environments for comprehensive abortion care (CAC), and develop the ability of civil society organizations to advocate for expanded access to safe abortion services.

Partnering to Advance SRHR and Eliminate GBV in West and Central Africa builds on the work of our previous program to advance Advocacy on Comprehensive Abortion Care in West Africa, which sought to improve CAC in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Côte d’Ivoire. Building on these countries’ commitments to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), our work aims to build regional support for safe abortion among key stakeholders and to facilitate access to CAC by informing women about their rights and access to services.

EngenderHealth led the Agir Pour La Planification Familiale (AgirPF) program, USAID’s flagship FP program in West Africa in collaboration with Avenir Health, Camber, Collective, and other partners in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo. AgirPF sought to save lives by increasing access to and use of FP services in urban and peri-urban areas, by enabling women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years old) to make, and voluntarily act on, informed decisions.

Since March 2020, EngenderHealth has worked in 35 facilities to support the training of 580 healthcare providers in FP (including postpartum and postabortion FP); safe abortion; and gender, youth, and social inclusion. We have supported the provision of FP to 6,285 clients; 5,919 clients in the immediate postpartum period (within 48 hours of delivery); and 2,100 postabortion and CAC clients.

Photo: “Ouagadougou” by Thierry Draus, licensed under CC BY 2.0.