Burkina Faso at a Glance

Burkina Faso, October 2007 – Michel Fortier

Burkina Faso is a land-locked country in West Africa. Despite being one of the least developed countries in the world, the country has taken strong positions of the status of women, and is working hard to improve health care access and quality.


Burkina Faso, October 2007 – Michel Fortier

Some of the statistics are grim. The HIV/AIDS prevalence among those aged 15-24 is 21%, and the maternal mortality ratio is around 1,000 deaths per 100,000 live births, one of the highest in Africa. But implementation of new government activities, such as National Immunization Days, construction of latrines and sanitation systems, and the creation of a Ministry of Women are yielding important results.


Burkina Faso, October 2007 – Michel Fortier

Burkina Faso has high rates of female genital cutting and child marriage. Women have on average 6 children each and don’t have ready access to the reproductive health services needed to ensure safe births. The Burkinabé government has taken a strong stance against female genital cutting, taking strong action – including making arrests – to protect women and girls from the practice.


Burkina Faso, October 2007 – Michel Fortier

The SOGC was happy to include the Société des gynécologues et obstétriciens du Burkina Faso (SOGOB) in its Partnership Program in 2007, thanks to funding from the Canadian International Development Agency. The Partnership Program is an initiative aimed at strengthening the technical and organizational capacity of partner associations.


Burkina Faso, October 2007 – SOGC Volunteers Michel Fortier and Céline Bouchard and Partnership Program Manager Liette Perron with Burkinabé Partners and gracious hosts.

The formal launch of the Partnership Program in Burkina Faso occurred in September 2007, with the first visit by an SOGC delegation. Led by Dr. M. Fortier and Dr. C. Bouchard, the delegation conducted an initial assessment and agreed on the partnership’s priorities for the coming five years. As within the other partnership program activities, the initiative will support SOGOB at strengthening its organizational capacity. This include the national secretariat, and the ability to implement the AIP.