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More Than 160 Killed in Deadliest Attack of Burkina Faso’s War

More Than 160 Killed in Deadliest Attack of Burkina Faso’s War

The government of Burkina Faso has declared three days of mourning following an attack that left at least 160 people dead late last week in the northern village of Solhan. The International Committee for the Red Cross, noting that local hospitals are overwhelmed, said it responded Sunday morning to a request for medical supplies in […]

No Trees, No Crops, No Jobs: Burkina Faso’s Women Fall Back On Hard Labour

No Trees, No Crops, No Jobs: Burkina Faso’s Women Fall Back On Hard Labour

Wiping her sandy fingers on her shirt, Balkissa Sawadogo for a moment rests her aching body from shovelling sand and gravel into piles. Three years ago, as rains dried up, the 25-year-old single mother was forced to stop farming in her neighbourhood on the outskirts of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou to begin the back-breaking work […]

WHO Supports the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health in the Proper Use of Medicines

WHO Supports the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health in the Proper Use of Medicines

The Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso is working to improve access to quality sexual and reproductive health services by operationalizing the Policies, Standards, and Protocols (PNP) recently updated by the Directorate of Family Health. In this regard, WHO has provided technical assistance to revising the National List of Essential Drugs with the integration of […]

Coronavirus Rumours And Regulations Mar Burkina Faso’s Malaria Fight

Coronavirus Rumours And Regulations Mar Burkina Faso’s Malaria Fight

Health worker Estelle Sanon looked on helplessly as a woman tried to make her squirming baby drink a mug of malaria medicine outside their house in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou. Normally Sanon would hold the 18-month-old and administer the dose herself, but because of coronavirus, she has to keep a distance from her patients. “If […]

20 Kidnap Victims in Katsina Sold Into Slavery In Burkina Faso

20 Kidnap Victims in Katsina Sold Into Slavery In Burkina Faso

Not fewer than 20 kidnap victims in Katsina State were reportedly sold into slavery in Burkina Faso. The information available to our correspondent revealed that the victims were allegedly kidnapped in Kankara local government area of the state and sold to a woman in Cotonou who in turn sold them to another slave merchant in […]

Disabled Women Confront Stigma In Burkina Faso

Disabled Women Confront Stigma In Burkina Faso

“Before this initiative we were confined to our homes. We couldn’t go out.” Sitting under the shade of a tree, a group of women drink traditional beer to escape the searing 40-degree-Celsius heat. Perched on a massive tricycle, one woman passes a wooden bowl full of beer to her neighbour, whose eyes are closed. The […]

First Ladies Vow To Fight ‘Barbaric’ Genital Mutilation In West Africa

First Ladies Vow To Fight ‘Barbaric’ Genital Mutilation In West Africa

The first ladies of Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin promised on Monday to “end the scourge of female genital mutilation” (FGM) in their countries amid warnings the practice had gone underground in Benin. “FGM is a barbaric practice,” Niger’s Lalla Malika Issoufou told an international conference on FGM in Rome. She said Niger’s president, Mahamadou […]

Malaria Scheme Cuts Child Deaths During Sahel’s Rainy Season

Malaria Scheme Cuts Child Deaths During Sahel’s Rainy Season

A project that has cut death rates, reduced outbreaks and strengthened fragile health systems in Africa’s Sahel region by distributing anti-malaria drugs to millions of vulnerable children is facing a supply chain bottleneck, say health officials and experts. The innovative Access-SMC project, funded by Unitaid and run by the Malaria Consortium in partnership with Catholic […]