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  1. Child marriage in West and Central Africa at a glance

    Child marriage in West and Central Africa is one of the biggest challenges in the region and has enormous adverse effects on education, health, including sexual and reproductive health, and on the overall development of adolescents and youth. This brochure provides recent data and analysis of child marriage in the region.

  2. Why addressing child marriage and adolescent pregnancy is essential to achieving the demographic dividend in West and Central Africa: position paper

    This position paper presents several strong arguments about why it is imperative to address child marriage and adolescent pregnancy, if we want to succeed in harnessing the demographic dividend in West and Central Africa. It also provides recommendations on the key actions different stakeholder groups can take to make this a reality.

  3. Why addressing child marriage and adolescent pregnancy is essential to achieving the demographic dividend in West and Central Africa: policy brief

    Girls are subject to child marriage, female genital mutilation and limited education and as such, are denied equality of opportunities. At the beginning of 2016, the African Union Heads of State and Government underlined a commitment to put young people and women first by agreeing to focus on “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth” throughout 2017 and beyond. UNFPA in West and Central Africa recognizes the critical importance of investing in adolescents and youth, particularly adolescent girls. …

  4. Menstrual hygiene management to improve the attendance of primary school-aged girls in Central North, Burkina Faso

    How to improve the conditions for girls to attend school, to reduce failure and drop-out rates of adolescent girls, while ensuring their dignity and protection? This was the consideration that motivated the Kom-Yilma project, implemented by Catholic Relief Services in Burkina Faso and financed by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, to undertake a behavior-change strategy for menstrual-hygiene management in 118 schools in Bam and Sanmatenga Provinces. …

  5. Attention to menstrual hygiene management in schools: An analysis of education policy documents in low- and middle-income countries

    Recent decades have seen a push for gender parity in education in low resource countries. Attention is shifting to how school environments hinder the achievement of gender equality. One effort, primarily led by the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, includes a focus on the needs of menstruating girls.

  6. WASH in schools empowers girls’ education: Proceedings of the 5th Annual Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools

    Capturing girls’ voices: Channelling girls’ recommendations into global and national level action. Globally, there are around 600 million adolescent girls. Adolescence is a pivotal transitional period that requires special attention to ensure progress for all girls, especially the most vulnerable, and poses a unique opportunity to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and to transform gender roles. The onset of puberty and menstruation can pose an additional barrier to a girl’s personal freedom, and can signal entry into a different role in their family and wider society. …

  7. Review of policies, strategies and laws related to child marriage, adolescent health, education and employment in five countries in West Africa

    Adolescent health and development are key foundations for a country's economic development and political stability. The outcomes of adolescent health are closely linked with future adult development, infant and child mortality, maternal morbidity and mortality, and even long-term economic development.

  8. Programme national santé, hygiène et nutrition en milieu scolaire du PDSEB 2016-2021. Rapport final

    L’éducation représente un défi majeur de développement au Burkina Faso où 48% de la population a moins de quinze ans.Une bonne santé et une nutrition adéquate sont des facteurs déterminants d’un apprentissage et d’une éducation de qualité. En effet,la malnutrition et les problèmes de santé sont reconnus comme étant des causes de faible scolarisation, d’absentéisme, de mauvais résultats scolaires et de décrochages scolaires précoces. …

  9. Menstrual hygiene in schools in two countries of francophone West Africa: Burkina Faso and Niger. Case studies in 2013

    Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) has been under-researched by the WASH, health and education sectors. Menstruation is a sensitive subject and remains a taboo in many societies. Some cultural beliefs about menstruation reinforce gender inequities and have negative impact on the dignity, health and education of women and girls. There is a need to gather more information on MHM to improve WASH in schools programming and create more equal, safe and healthy school environments. …

  10. Plan national multisectoriel de lutte contre le VIH, le Sida et les IST (PNM) année 2014

    Le Plan national multisectoriel de lutte contre le VIH, le Sida et les IST (PNM) est le document d’orientation opérationnel de la réponse nationale au VIH au cours de l’année. Les priorités à mettre en oeuvre au cours de l’année 2014 sont reparties en fonction des cinq (5) axes stratégiques définis dans le CSLS 2011-2015 et qui constituent les domaines programmatiques des interventions. Pour chaque axe stratégique, il a été déterminé les effets, les résultats attendus et les Domaines d’actions prioritaires (DAP) qui permettent de formuler les activités à réaliser.

  11. Plan national multisectoriel de lutte contre le VIH, le Sida et les IST (PNM) année 2013

    Le Plan national multisectoriel (PNM) est le document d’orientation opérationnel de la réponse nationale au VIH au cours de l’année. Le PNM 2013 est extrait du Plan d’opérationnalisation triennal glissant du CSLS 2011-2015. Il est élaboré en tenant compte des résultats obtenus de la mise en oeuvre du PNM 2012. Il décrit les priorités programmatiques et les mécanismes de mise en oeuvre des interventions multisectorielles de l’année 2013. …

  12. Cadre stratégique de lutte contre le SIDA et les IST 2011-2015

    Les orientations de ce cadre stratégique reposent sur la vision prospective 2025 du Burkina Faso en matière de riposte au VIH qui est : poursuivre l’inversion de la tendance de l’épidémie et « faire du VIH/Sida une maladie comme les autres grâce à une stratégie nationale conséquente et un appui international consolidé ». La mise en oeuvre de la stratégie nationale pour la période 2011-2015 repose sur cinq (5) axes stratégiques qui constituent les domaines programmatiques des interventions : 1. …

  13. La problématique des grossesses non-desires et situation des filles mères en Afrique et dans le monde. Projet de rapport

    Allocution de Mme Marie Mariam Gisèle Guigma/Diasso sur les grossesses précoces et non desires au Burkina Faso, les causes, les consequences et les actions conduits par le Burkina Faso.

  14. Les violences de genre en milieu scolaire comme facteur de déscolarisation des filles en Afrique subsaharienne francophone

    Ce rapport s’inscrit dans le cadre des travaux menés par le groupe de travail sur les « violences de genre en milieu scolaire comme facteur de déscolarisation des filles » lancé par le ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes et l’Association Genre en Action. Ce dossier se focalise sur les violences de genre exercées au sein de l’école et autour de l’école dans vingt pays d’Afrique francophone.

  15. WASH in schools empowers girls' education. Proceedings of the menstrual hygiene mananagement in schools virtual conference 2013

    There is increasing interest in exploring and addressing the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) barriers facing schoolgirls and female teachers in educational settings. Around the globe, WASH in Schools (WinS) focuses on fostering social inclusion and individual self-respect – and addresses MHM as a key agenda. By offering an alternative to the stigma and marginalization associated with hygiene issues, integrating MHM into WinS empowers all students, and especially encourages girls and female teachers. …

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