Project #112 | Empowering Women to Fight Malnutrition in Burkina Faso
Our partnership with Djantoli
In poor urban and sub-urban areas of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where Djantoli works, 15% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Often an invisible disease, chronic malnutrition has dramatic consequences on the physical and mental development capacities of children.
Djantoli strives to reduce child mortality in the suburban regions of Ouagadougou. ODW’s support of their nutrition project was oriented toward three major goals: 1) Improving knowledge and habits regarding new born and young children’s nutrition through engaging families in participatory educational activities using collective games and personalized counseling activities; 2) Improving the proactive screening of acute malnutrition among families living in these areas as well as the treatment and monitoring of malnourished children; and 3) Facilitating the access to adequate health care through supporting first-care health centers and increasing partnership and coordination with local healthcare structures and grassroots community organizations.
Through these interventions, 839 children were able to benefit from nutritional follow-ups and improvements in their hygiene routine, 1,351 nutritional inputs were administered, and 79% of moderated children suffering from malnutrition now have normal brachial perimeters after their follow-ups. In the communities targeted by this project, young children and newborn populations have demonstrated significant improvements in their health, and families and healthcare centers have ameliorated their health behavior. Furthermore, thanks to the personalized follow-ups provided through the home visits conducted by Djantoli’s agents, 34 mothers of diagnosed malnourished children benefitted from extensive guidance and support.
Our collective impact
Health Workers Trained
Meet Mrs. Ilboudo
Mrs.Ilboudo subscribed to Djantoli for her little girl, Madina who she leaves at Terre des Hommes nursery before going to work at the quarry. “When I bring my child to the nursery and it is the day of the health visit by the Djantoli agent, I am very happy. The agent weighs my child and tells me if she is growing well. If she has lost weight, she tells me to go and see the nurse at the healthcare center. I know that I can trust Djantoli agents to help me be careful about my child’s health so I am not afraid anymore. I know that my child is going to recover if I go to the health center because Djantoli’s help allows me to pay for the treatment.” Many other mothers have also benefitted from the confidence and security Djantoli’s program gives them just like Mrs. Ilboudo.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
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