Burkina Faso is a land-locked francophone country located in West Africa. Despite being one of the least developed countries in the world, the country has taken strong positions on the status of women, and is working hard to improve health care access and quality. With as few as 10 physicians per 100,000 people, a high prevalence of female genital mutilation, being ranked as the country with the lowest level of literacy in the world, as well as having one of the lowest GDP per capita figures in the world, Burkina Faso faces a multitude of challenges in the fight to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children.
SOGC first began working in Burkina Faso in 2007 as part of the Partnership Program. This initiative aimed to support la Société des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens du Burkina Faso (SOGOB) in their efforts to strengthen the organizational capacity of their association, including the establishment of a national secretariat and strengthening their ability to implement the ALARM International Program within their country. The knowledge exchange and mentorship of the Partnership Program has led to an increased credibility and recognition for SOGOB's technical expertise within the field of sexual and reproductive health.
ALARM International Program
The SOGOB has received AIP training as part of the support offered through the SOGC's Partnership Program, which included training of a group of instructors. Their Society is now equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to integrate the principles of the ALARM International Program within a national obstetrics training curriculum for Burkina Faso.
Cervical Cancer Prevention Project
One of SOGC's most recent initiatives is to provide support to SOGOB for their efforts to fight cervical cancer in Burkina Faso. The project aims to reduce the burden of cervical cancer through strengthening of regional and community level health infrastructures' capacity, community outreach and advocacy efforts.
FIGO - LOGIC Initiative
The SOGC continues to work closely with SOGOB to strengthen the organizational capacity of their professional organization, through the FIGO-LOGIC Initiative (Leadership in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Impact & Change), funded by the Gates Foundation.
The SOGC's main partner in Burkina Faso is the Société des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens du Burkina Faso (SOGOB), the national ob/gyn professional association.
Photo credit: Michel Fortier
|Population: 14,326,203 (2007)|
|Median Age: 16.5 years (2007)|
|Life Expectancy: 48 years|
|HIV/AIDS Prevalence (ages 15-49): 4.2 % (2003)|
|Fertility Rate: 6.41 children born per woman (2007)|
|Infant Mortality: 89.79 deaths/1000 live births (2007)|
|Skilled Attendant at Delivery: 38 % - (1997-2005)|
|Contraceptive Prevalence: 14 % (1997-2005)|
|Maternal Mortality Ratio: 1000 per 100,000|
|Lifetime Risk of Maternal Death: 1 in 15|
|Average Child Marriage: 52 % (1997-2005)|
|Female Genital Cutting National Average for Women: 77 % (1997-2005)|
Sources : UNICEF country profiles and CIA WorldFactbook