In 2018, Evidence to Action (E2A) Project and Pathfinder International Burkina Faso began implementing a new initiative for young first-time parents (FTPs) in the Fada and Diapaga districts in the Eastern Region of Burkina Faso, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The FTP project “Supporting Reproductive Health Services for Young First Time Parents in Burkina Faso” focused on women under the age of 25 who are pregnant for the first time or have one child, and their husbands. The project included both community- and facility-level interventions with the goal of increasing the use of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health (RMNCH) care—especially antenatal care (ANC) and obstetric and neonatal services—and family planning (FP) uptake among FTPs.
The FTP project generated valuable evidence and insights about working with this vulnerable population and how best to respond to their RMNCH/FP needs. This report presents an overview of the FTP project and the RMNCH/FP-related results.