Burkina Faso: An anthropological survey helps assess health needs

  • International staff: 4
  • National staff: 25

    MSF recently began work in the health district of Sindou, in southwest Burkina Faso near the border with CÃ?´te d'Ivoire. During the first part of 2000, the team conducted an anthropological study to assess people's attitudes toward their health system, in order to discover how and why they seek health care. Ultimately, the results of the survey will shape the support services that MSF offers in this area of 110,000 people.

    In addition to its project in Sindou, MSF is continuing its work with street children in the capital, Ouagadougou. Since 1998, the team has provided health services to young people living in the streets, sometimes reaching them in the evening in places where they meet to spend the night. MSF is trying to increase their awareness of AIDS, hygiene and children's rights.

    The organization is also trying to sensitize people who play an important part of the daily lives of the street children: police, town dwellers and social assistance groups. MSF engages in advocacy at the national level.

    MSF has been working in Burkina Faso since 1995.