JSI has been helping to strengthen public health including child survival, in particular immunization services, in Burkina Faso in 1992. In the 1990s, the Resources for Child Health (REACH) project assisted the government in the implementation and improvement of routine measles immunization practices. Through USAID | DELIVER and the END Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa projects, we provided technical assistance and training in health logistics and commodity procurement for maternal and child health and family planning services, as well as the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, in particular, malaria.
The Maternal and Child Survival Program, which we led in-country, helped strengthen routine immunization systems and surveillance in low-performing districts and while maintaining high coverage in well-performing districts. We also helped scale-up and strengthen case-based and community-based preparedness and surveillance for a potential outbreak and response, with a focus on meningitis and dengue detection, confirmation, and case management.
Today, through MEASURE Evaluation, we are building capacity and furthering support for global health security using the “One-Health” approach. By strengthening the disease surveillance system, we are improving the availability of quality health data at all levels of the health system. We are working to increase multisectoral coordination and capacity to manage the surveillance information system to enhance the resiliency of the Burkina Faso health system against major disease outbreaks. Finally, we are building the capacity of government ministry staff related to data-driven decision making and rapid response to disease outbreaks.