As of 18 May, the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso reports 796 patients and 51 deaths. The opening of schools is postponed to 2 June. But in a country where 40% of the inhabitants live below the poverty line, daily survival is paramount and life is slowly resuming its course against a backdrop of strong political tensions. An overview of our activities in Burkina Faso.
Raising awareness among the most vulnerable populations
In Burkina Faso, our team focused on awareness raising. We have thus trained and informed families in the commune of Biyéné, in the centre-west of the country, about the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the evolution of the pandemic. Adama, a Planète Enfants & Développement facilitator, also encouraged families to continue to visit the health centre in case of illness and to ensure the vaccination of children or the monitoring of pregnancies. Thanks to meetings, limited to 15 people, in the heart of the villages and door-to-door, 4000 inhabitants were made aware of Covid-19, and in particular the village chiefs who were then able to inform all the inhabitants.
Distribution of financial aid to newly trained kindergarten assistants
In the north of Burkina Faso, in the communes of Ouahigouya, Oula and Tangaye, the 150 women recently trained as kindergarten assistants suddenly found themselves out of work, as the nurseries had been closed due to confinement. To enable these women and their families to support themselves despite the crisis, we have set up a money transfer system. From May to July 2020, these 150 women will therefore receive 10 000 FCFA (15€) per month for 3 months.
→ In sub-Saharan Africa, access to water is a real challenge. Only 48% of schools have access to drinking water in Burkina Faso. With the planned reopening of schools, the risks of spreading the virus are increasing. This is why we would like to reinforce hand washing facilities in nursery schools (= Centres d’Eveil et d’Education Préscolaire), by making our “Elephant Memory” method available to them.
The Covid-19 pandemic has no borders. Neither does solidarity!
More than ever, every gesture counts. #SengagerSansFrontières (Get involved without borders).
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