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Changing Lives in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, 1 in every 2 girls will be married before turning 18. Millions lack the contraceptive services they need. How can Burkinabè girls and women protect their futures if they can’t exercise their sexual and reproductive rights?

Pathfinder is making sure they can do both. We’re working with local governments, communities, and health systems in Burkina Faso to improve access to contraception, promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and save the lives of young mothers and their newborns. See what it looks like when people can choose their own paths forward.

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3,000+ young women accessed contraceptive services through our latest projects

16,600+ contraceptives, including implants and injectables, provided with our support

What We Do in Burkina Faso

  • Strengthen health centers and community health workers so more people in more places have access to the contraceptive information and services they need
  • Make sure short-term, long-acting, permanent, and emergency contraception are always available, so people of all ages can choose the method that’s best for them
  • Train health workers to deliver services to young people without judgement or bias, so first-time parents can get the services they need and the quality of care they deserve
  • Engage community members with significant influence, including religious leaders and mothers-in-law, to create an environment that supports contraception
  • Make sure women can access safe, legal abortion services, including lifesaving postabortion care, so they can protect their health

Discover Our Projects

Yam Yankre “My Choice”

In the last two years, contraception prevalence in Burkina Faso has increased—but only to 22%. Our work is bringing modern contraception to the women who need it most—young women (ages 15-24)...

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Beyond Bias

Of the estimated 38 million sexually active adolescents in developing regions who don’t want a child in the next two years, 23 million have an unmet need for contraception. We’re generating...

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Evidence to Action Project

In more than 10 countries around the world, our Evidence to Action Project strengthens family planning and reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa by building evidence and expanding access...

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Meet Our Staff

Lydia Saloucou

Senior Country Director

Lydia brings nearly 20 years of public health experience in reproductive and maternal health and organizational management in Africa....

Abdoul Baldé

Deputy Country Director

Dr. Baldé has more than 25 years of experience working on public health including family planning and reproductive health projects throughout...

Bruno Ki

Technical Director

Dr. Bruno Ki joined our team in 2016 as the technical director in Burkina Faso. In his role, he manages the implementation of projects that offer high quality family planning and safe abortion...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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