City, Country: Tapoa Province, Burkina Faso
French partner submitting the project description: Action against Hunger (ACF)
Project Owner: Action against Hunger (ACF)
Foreign partners: UNICEF
Dates of project: 2008 - present
A few words on the project…
In response to alarmingly acute malnutrition rates and several field studies, ACFFrance implemented a program in 2008 to strengthen the prevention, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition in children under age five and pregnant and nursing women in eastern Burkina Faso, in particular in Tapoa Province.
Background or General project description
As the leading risk factor for children under age five, malnutrition is responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 children every year in Burkina Faso. Water-related illnesses are very common in this region, which is deeply affected by water stress. They contribute to worsening the nutritional status of populations.
As part of its work to promote nutrition security interventions to prevent sustainably undernutrition, ACF has produced a set of practical case studies based on sensitive interventions for nutrition, recent or ongoing in various contexts. This case study presents an innovative procedure being implemented in Burkina Faso.
In addition to the core malnutrition treatment and prevention activities, ACF chose to implement the "WASH in Nut" strategy. This strategy sets concrete, comprehensive targets for addressing malnutrition in mothers and children, from health care infrastructure to communities.
Developed by UNICEF in 2012 in partnership with humanitarian actors such as ACF, this program aims to reduce diarrheal disease in children in an effective manner and to gain an objective view of knowledge about the link between water, sanitation and hygiene and their impact on treating malnutrition.
Strengths of project
This case study shows a comprehensive way of helping to reduce poverty and prevent malnutrition in a sustainable manner with local solutions in the Tapoa Province, Burkina Faso.