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Notre vision Contribuer à l’amélioration de la santé de la reproduction, notamment celle de la mère et de l’enfant au Burkina Faso et dans la sous–région ouest Africaine. Nos missions Servir de guide opérationnel pour l’action aux structures, instituts, organisations intervenant dans le domaine de la santé de la reproduction ; Servir de cadre (...)

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The tip of the iceberg : Evidence of seasonality in institutional maternal mortality and implications for health resources management in Burkina Faso


Hounton S, Sombie I, Toward J, Ouedraogo T, Meda N, Wendy G J. The tip of the iceberg : evidence of seasonality in institutional maternal mortality and morbidity and implications for health resources management in Burkina Faso. Scand J Public Health 2008 ; 36 : 310-317.


Aims : The aims of this study were to investigate seasonal patterns of institutional maternal deaths and complications, and to test for an association with malaria seasons, rainfall, and household income. Methods : A systematic case review of hospital records in the Boucle du Mouhoun health region (Burkina Faso) was conducted over a 2-year period. A statistical smoothing procedure (T4253H) and Freedman’s test were used to investigate seasonality and association with malaria, rainfall or household income variations. Results : The data consistently showed the greatest rates of maternal deaths, eclampsia and haemorrhage cases during the dry season, which is the low malaria transmission season, and the period of the year when households have most money available and the lowest opportunity cost of travelling to seek medical attention, suggesting that financial and geographical barriers may be major underlying factors. Conclusions : The management both of health resources in hospital and of referral systems should accommodate cyclical variations in the presentation of maternal complications. Effective mechanisms are needed to help reduce the significant barriers to uptake faced by women and their families at particular times of the year.

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RESEARCH ARTICLE Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Human Cysticercosis in 60 Villages in Three Provinces of Burkina Faso

Hélène Carabin1*, Athanase Millogo2, Assana Cissé3, Sarah Gabriël4, Ida Sahlu5,6, Pierre Dorny4, Cici Bauer7, Zekiba Tarnagda8, Linda D Cowan1†, (...)

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RESEARCH ARTICLE :The obstetric care subsidy policy in Burkina Faso : what are the effects after five years of implementation ? Findings of a complex evaluation

Rasmané Ganaba1*, Patrick G. C. Ilboudo1, Jenny A. Cresswell2, Maurice Yaogo1, Cheick Omar Diallo3, Fabienne Richard4, Nadia Cunden5, Veronique (...)

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