Improving Maternal and Child Health in Burkina Faso

In 2007 in Burkina Faso, the infant mortality rate was 81 per 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality rate was 307.3 per 100,000. This situation is due in part to poor maternal, neonatal and child health services and to malnutrition, malaria and nutritional deficiencies (iron, iodine and vitamin A).

Access to and quality of health services remain poor because of a lack of and low quality of services, poorly developed community-based services, and inconsistent communication for promoting health, among other things.

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