Strengthening the integration of maternal, infant, and young child nutrition into reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health platforms in Burkina Faso: an urgent need

November 30, 2018

Despite recent improvements in maternal and child health, death rates for children under 5 remain high. Efforts must be made to attain the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for health and hunger. According to the Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie (INSD), in 2015, Burkina Faso recorded 330 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and 82 deaths of children under 5 per 1,000 live births, while the 2017 National Nutrition Survey indicated a stunting rate of 21.2 percent.1 Postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, and infections are the main causes of maternal mortality; while malaria and common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, are the main causes of child mortality.2 In Burkina Faso, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH) platforms are important opportunities to promote the integration of priority maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) interventions at scale and across the first 1,000 days to accelerate reductions in morbidity and mortality.