Malaria is a leading public health concern in Burkina Faso, accounting for approximately 35% of all outpatient consultations, 41% of all hospitalizations and 38% of deaths nationwide. In total, about three million cases of malaria are reported annually among a population of 15 million people. Moreover, the 750,000 women who become pregnant each year in Burkina Faso are particularly vulnerable, as the disease leads to higher rates of maternal anemia and low birth weight babies. The situation in children under five is even worse, with malaria accounting for 45% of consultations, 55% of hospitalizations and 57% of deaths.
To address these troubling circumstances, MCHIP and its partners are:
• Targeting technical assistance to support the prevention and treatment of malaria throughout the country. Activities focus on strengthening programming efforts in malaria in pregnancy (MIP), treatment and diagnostics.
• Working in close collaboration and coordination with the DELIVER project to ensure appropriate and adequate supplies are available and accessible.
• Improving providers’ knowledge and skills in focused antenatal care/MIP, prevention using insecticide-treated bed nets, case management of both uncomplicated and severe malaria, rapid diagnostic testing and routine monitoring for effective recordkeeping.
• Improving integrated supervision support of health workers at peripheral facilities by trainers from the district level to reinforce appropriate interventions for malaria prevention and treatment.
• Strengthening diagnostic capacity among health care providers.
The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports global programming in MNCH, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening.
MCHIP brings together a partnership of organizations with demonstrated success in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality rates and malnutrition. Each partner is taking the lead in developing programs around specific technical areas. Jhpiego is the Prime on MCHIP, leading a coalition of the following partners: JSI, Save the Children, PATH, JHU/IIP, Broad Branch, PSI and Macro International.
For more information about MCHIP, see full MCHIP description on this Web site or visit www.mchip.net.
For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.
For more information about Jhpiego, visit www.jhpiego.org.