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Published on 21/12/2015

Burkina Faso: a new project to improve young child feeding

In Burkina Faso, 29% and 8.6% respectively of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic and acute malnutrition, mainly due to inadequate feeding and disease. Consequently, a national strategy was deployed to improve Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF). In July 2015, GRET launched a project funded by Unicef aiming to implement the Ministry of Health’s plan to change scale for the promotion of IYCF practices at municipal level in the East of Burkina Faso (province of Gourma and la Gnagna). GRET is in charge of training health officers and key resource people in villages to implement the IYCF Integrated Services Package (monthly discussion groups, dissemination of key messages) for pregnant women and mothers of babies from birth to 24 months old, as well as training community organisations to monitor these services. With this project, GRET is supporting the implementation of national health and nutrition policies at community level.
GRET will train 321 health service providers, 4 community organisations, 2,227 community based health officers and 778 voluntary key resource people to deliver an IYCF Integrated Services Package (PISA). In each village, training groups will be put in place for pregnant and breastfeeding women (15 women per group) and will discuss IYCF practices on a monthly basis, with support from the community based officers. In addition, 500 mothers of children between the ages of 6 and 23 months will benefit from support to strengthen their food production. The community based organisations will ensure monitoring and supervision of activities at community level.

For more information on the project (in french)