Burkina Faso News http://www.thp.org/where_we_work/africa/burkina_faso/news en World AIDS Day 2013 http://www.thp.org/learn_more/news/latest_news/world-aids-day-2013 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1, see how our Partner Countries in Africa are taking steps to put an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS in their communities and thriving with and without HIV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-key-initiative"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what_we_do/key_initiatives/hiv_aids_and_gender/overview">HIV/AIDS and Gender</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-2105" style="width: 70px;"><a href="/learn_more/news/latest_news/world-aids-day-2013"><img src="http://www.thp.org/files/images/Les Femmes.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Les Femmes.jpg" title="Les Femmes.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="70" height="70" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we celebrate World AIDS Day December 1, we are happy to report some good news: &nbsp;the rate of HIV infection is declining! Worldwide, <strong><a href="http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/globalreport2013/factsheet/">2.3 million people</a></strong> became newly infected with HIV in 2012, down from 3.4 million in 2001.&nbsp;However, there is still an alarming number of people, <strong><a href="http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/globalreport2013/factsheet/">35.3 million</a></strong>, living with HIV.</p><p>Developing regions account for the highest rates of infection, with <strong><a href="http://www.thp.org/africa">sub-Saharan Africa</a></strong> alone accounting for over 70 percent of new infections and nearly 25 million of the total number of people living with the virus worldwide. In <strong><a href="http://www.thp.org/uganda">Uganda</a></strong>, for example, the prevalence of HIV has increased, and it remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the country. Forty-five percent of the two million orphans are HIV/AIDS related. HIV/AIDS is killing farmers, teachers and health workers, and negatively affecting food production, life expectancies and infant mortality rates.&nbsp;</p><p>With educational sessions in rural communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and empowers people to overcome the unwarranted stigma around it.&nbsp; As a result, people from rural communities are more confident to undergo voluntary counseling and testing (VCT).</p><p>Our partner countries across Africa have made a firm commitment to prevent and put an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS.</p><p>In response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, in 2003 The Hunger Project launched HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have perpetuated HIV/AIDS. To date, more than 1.1 million people have attended these workshops.</p><p>Women in <a href="///Z:/malawi"><strong>Malaw</strong>i</a> are empowered to take control of their sexual and reproductive health with the distribution of female condoms at epicenter health centers.</p><p>In the Southern region of <strong><a href="///Z:/ethiopia">Ethiopia</a></strong>, around Enemore, Mekan and Wurib Epicenters, the decision of the communities to do pre-marriage HIV/AIDS tests by prospective spouses has reportedly made a significant contribution in controlling the spread of the virus. THP-Ethiopia also assists the health center within the epicenters to conduct VCTs and other HIV/AIDS activities.</p><p>In Uganda, The Hunger Project trains specialized volunteer “HIV Animators” in each epicenter who conduct workshops that engage both women and men in learning about facts of HIV/AIDS and the role of gender inequality in fueling the pandemic.</p><p><strong><a href="///Z:/ghana">THP-Ghana</a></strong> has been implementing a Gender Inequality and HIV/AIDS project. The major focus has been on awareness creation to change socio-cultural practices and the negative perceptions that promote the spread of the disease. The project includes three major thematic areas: prevention and behavior Change, abstinence and protection (condom use). A series of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) exercises have also been organized under the “Know Your Status” campaign.</p><p>In Malawi, a special<strong> <a href="/what_we_do/key_initiatives/microfinance/overview">Microfinance Program</a></strong> aims specifically at empowering often ostracized HIV-positive partners. While many NGOs do not provide loans to HIV-positive people out of fear that they will die before loans are repaid, THP acts differently. THP believes that all people have the right to access resources that can help them live better and more independent lives. With access to loans, people living with HIV/AIDS can, and do, improve their lives.</p><h2>Learn More</h2><ul><li><strong><a href="/what_we_do/case_studies/madinah">Reducing Stigma of HIV in Uganda</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="/what_we_do/key_initiatives/hiv_aids_and_gender/overview">HIV/AIDS and Gender</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="/blog/importance_scaling_up_hiv_aids_awareness">Blog:The Importance of Scaling-up HIV/AIDS Awareness</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="/learn_more/issues/hiv_aids_other_diseases">Issues: HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases</a></strong></li></ul><div><div id="ftn2"><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Africa Benin Burkina Faso Ethiopia Ghana Malawi Mozambique Senegal Uganda Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:29:12 +0000 Marina Litvinsky 2758 at http://www.thp.org New Technology Training Helps Epicenter Community Achieve Food Security http://www.thp.org/what_we_do/case_studies/noaga <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dianda Noaga of Boulkon Epicenter in Burkina-Faso shares how several training in new technologies have helped his family save money and stay food secure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-2729" style="width: 70px;"><a href="/what_we_do/case_studies/noaga"><img src="http://www.thp.org/files/images/burkina noaga.thumbnail.png" alt="Burkina Noaga" title="Burkina Noaga" class="image image-thumbnail " width="70" height="70" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I'm Dianda Noaga. I come from the village of Maré, Commune of Kirsi, located at seven kilometers from <strong><a href="/burkina_faso">Boulkon Epicenter</a></strong>. I'm 40 years old, a father of six children, and husband of two wives. I’m an agricultural farmer and I breed animals such as goats, sheep, poultry and cattle.</p><p>I have been involved in Boulkon Epicenter’s activities since its inception and, in the context of activities regarding food security, I have received several trainings in new technologies. Among the new technologies, there is the implementation of the biodigester.</p><p>After the explanations of the various benefits, I volunteered to launch its implementation. After six months of using this new technology, I can now perceive clear benefits.</p><p>I had a very good fertilizer that I used in my fields during the rainy season, which increased agricultural production.</p><p>I now have gas that my wives use to prepare the food, which allows them to save time and reduce wood cuttings, thus protecting the environment. For light, my children now use lamps to learn their lessons at night and so I do not buy petroleum, thus contributing to my savings.</p><p>As a volunteer for the implementation of this technology, I can give testimony that the benefits are many.</p><p>Over the coming years, I will contribute to a wider use of this technology throughout an information campaign and I will invite other producers to share my experience in this field.</p><p>Thanks to the partnership with The Hunger Project, we received several trainings that helped increase our agricultural production and thus ensure food security.</p><p>Thank you once again to Hunger Project and all its partners for this great support in food security.</p><h2>Learn More</h2><ul><li><div><strong><a href="/burkina_faso" target="_blank">THP-Burkina Faso</a></strong></div></li><li><div><strong><a href="/what_we_do/case_studies" target="_blank">Meet other partners in Africa, South Asia and Latin America</a></strong></div></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Africa Burkina Faso Case Study Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:17:48 +0000 Marina Litvinsky 2730 at http://www.thp.org THP-Burkina Celebrate New Epicenter http://www.thp.org/learn_more/news/latest_news/burkina-boulkon-epicenter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>THP-Burkina inaugurated the Boulkon Epicenter in the presence of several high-level THP staff and local government officials. THP-Burkina also continued its work in food security and women's empowerment, centering around the 1000 Days Initiative.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-2698" style="width: 70px;"><a href="/learn_more/news/latest_news/burkina-boulkon-epicenter"><img src="http://www.thp.org/files/images/Burkina-Board Report-Oct 2013_2_0.thumbnail.png" alt="Burkina-Global Report-Oct 2013" title="Burkina-Global Report-Oct 2013" class="image image-thumbnail " width="70" height="70" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <h2>Update to the Global Board</h2><h3>October 2013</h3><p><strong><a href="/where_we_work/africa/burkina_faso">THP-Burkina Faso</a></strong> started out this year with the inauguration of Boulkon Epicenter in the presence of several high-level THP staff and local government officials. In addition to Boulkon’s inauguration, the visit included several fruitful meetings with potential partner institutions such as USAID, the World Bank and UNICEF. THP-Burkina followed this eventful first quarter by successfully implementing its activity plan with a particular emphasis on the programs of Food Security and WEP (in the form of the International Women’s Day Celebration).</p><p><strong>Accomplishments</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Boulkon Inauguration &amp; Visit.</strong>On February 12, THP-Burkina inaugurated Boulkon Epicenter with special invitees such as President and CEO Mary Ellen McNish, the Vice President of Africa Programs Dr. Idrissa Dicko, Country Director of THP-Switzerland Alexandra Koch and public government authorities, such as the Minister of Economy and Finances, the Governor of the North, and the High Commissioners of the North. Boulkon Epicenter is the youngest and last epicenter of THP-Burkina to be inaugurated.</li><li><strong>International Women’s Day.</strong> The International Women’s Day parade and festivities took place in Mangatown. The official theme of the day was “Women entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance in Burkina Faso.” Officers from THP-Burkina’s Women Empowerment Program (WEP) represented THP-Burkina in the parade. Further celebrations took place at Bissiga Epicenter.</li><li><p><strong>Health &amp; Nutrition.</strong> Over the course of the period, the majority of activities concerned capacity building around the 1000 Days Initiative. THP-Burkina also participated in bringing medical and surgical brigades to several epicenters, the impact of which was so great the visit made its way into a national newspaper (see newspaper clipping). Lastly, THP-Burkina contributed to medical amenities furnished for Boulkon’s Health Center, such as gynecological consultation tables, general consultation tables, maternity kits, and surgery kits.</p></li></ul><p><a href="/files/Burkina Country Report to the Global Board - Final_0.pdf">Download the report (.pdf 215.42 KB)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> Africa Burkina Faso Board Report Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:35:57 +0000 Marina Litvinsky 2699 at http://www.thp.org