Malaria prevention in Burkina Faso

Malaria prevention in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, as in other areas of the Sahel region, Malaria remains a major public health problem. In 2013, the country registered 6.9 million cases of uncomplicated malaria, 400,000 cases of severe malaria, and 6,000 people died of the disease, according to the Burkina Faso National Malaria Control Program. Malaria is the principal reason for which people consult a doctor or are admitted to hospital, and the primary cause of mortality in Burkina Faso.

Prevention and education are essential in fighting the disease. Sanofi has developed a range of different resources that differ in approach according to their audience. These include tools for malaria specialists to update them on the latest approaches in fighting malaria, simpler resources for local doctors, nurses, midwives and community health officials, and further resources specifically targeting families and children.

For the latter, Sanofi has partnered with the Burkina Faso National Malaria Control Program on a program to educate children in schools about malaria. Through play, children are taught concrete measures like when to consult a health professional and how to ensure optimal hygiene to prevent the development of mosquitos. In addition, 9.6 million mosquito nets were distributed throughout the population in 2013.

Thanks to such measures, Burkina Faso has seen a decrease in the number of cases of malaria compared with previous years. Targeting the younger generation is a powerful tool for reaching the whole population, as youngsters share the information they have learnt with the community.

Crédits Photo: Cécilia Conan / Image’In Production

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