New Video: Disease Surveillance in Burkina Faso

June 16th, 2020 | News

JSI’s USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project staff ran operations in Burkina Faso March 2018June 2020 through USAID’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) program. In Burkina Faso, a nation of 20 million people in the West African Sahel, GHSA work concentrated on the “One Health” approach, which is based on the interconnection of human health and domestic animal, wildlife, and environmental health. As noted by Dr. Mohamed Rahim Kebe, MEASURE Evaluation‘s chief of party in Burkina Faso, “…7580 percent of infectious diseases in Burkina Faso come from wild or domesticated animals, so it was imperative that our work include actors from these sectors.” 

MEASURE Evaluation’s One Health work included a number of activities in partnership with Burkina Faso’s Ministries of Health, Livestock and Fisheries, and Environment, as well as other implementing partners. JSI’s flagship deliverable for the project was the One Health electronic platform for real-time data entry at the community and facility levels for indicators covering the five priority zoonotic diseases, as well as each ministry’s routinely surveilled diseases. As Dr. Kebe’s expressed recently, as the MEASURE Evaluation project closes, “we are following and have always followed a sustainable approach, which is why we partnered with local actors going back to the very early stages of our work when we designed, configured, and launched the platform. We are proud of our achievements and have developed a transition plan for our local partners, who are equipped to continue the work…and expand the reach of the One Health platform beyond MEASURE Evaluation’s zone of intervention.”

This French-language short film, which includes interviews with key players at different levels across the three arms of the government (human health, livestock, and environment), summarizes the MEASURE Evaluation project and the sustainability and usefulness of its legacy. 

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