Country government

Burkina Faso

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

No commitment

Reported progress

No written commitment has been received but the government has allowed increased funding for nutrition, particularly following the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) coordinator's visit in April 2019.

Assessment
Not applicable
Impact commitments
London 2013

1. Reduce stunting from 32.9% to 25% by 2020.

2. Reduce wasting from 10.9% to 8% by 2020.

3. Increase exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) from 38.2% to 60% by 2020.

Reported progress

Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) 2019 has shown a 25.4% prevalence of chronic malnutrition (CM) This figure is not far from the commitment made in 2013. The regions with a high prevalence of stunting are Sahel, Est and Cascades. The Est and Sahel regions have large security challenges which, along with the Covid-19 pandemic, have led to a weakening of food systems leading to serious food insecurity for many. To combat CM, a joint programme between five UN agencies with a multisectoral approach has been implemented in the eastern region. Training for the sectors' focal points on leadership and multisectoral coordination in nutrition has been carried out and will be extended to other players this year.

ENN 2019 has shown an 8.1% prevalence of acute malnutrition (AM)

- To combat AM, an evaluation of the availability, quality and use of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for the ultimate beneficiary has been carried out.

- Reinforcement of the availability of nutritional inputs in health facilities.

- Reinforcement of players' skills in internal care underway for second half-year period.

- Reinforcement of diagnostic tools in health facilities.

- 15,888 children with severe and acute malnutrition (SAM) have received care in the eight non-urgent regions.

2 - First stage of vitamin A supplementation and deworming coupled with screening is underway.

The ENN 2019 results indicate that 59% of children between 0 and 6 months old are breastfed exclusively. Burkina Faso, like other West African countries, has signed up to the campaign promoting and strengthening exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) with the Stronger with Breastmilk Only campaign supported by UNICEF, Alive & Thrive and the World Bank through the Health Services Reinforcement Project (PRSS). Consequently, at the end of this year-long campaign, practices will be improved and the next ENN will show that the percentage has been met.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course

Policy commitments
London 2013

Organisations of civil society and parliamentarians should be included and considered as key stakeholders in nutrition.

Reported progress

In 2020, we organised a workshop with MPs focusing on the following themes: an appeal to increase the government's budget for nutrition in Burkina Faso; and an appeal for the import of food fortification products used for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition to be exempt from duties and charges.

Civil society has provided key support in the fight against Covid-19, sharing messages on nutrition in the time of Covid-19 thanks to financing from the SUN Pooled Fund.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved.

Program commitments
London 2013

Finalize a national nutrition plan (2016–2020) before the end of 2015, including commitments of financial and human resources to support specific interventions and actions contributing to nutrition.

Reported progress

The nutrition policy was finalised and adopted in June 2020. The strategic plan is undergoing re-costing to provide the real, current cost of interventions. To finance this plan, an appeal is underway with TFPs to guarantee their support in raising additional funding of around $403 million. A series of activities is planned to ensure sector actors are equipped for the successful implementation of the interventions in the policy.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that the commitment has been reached, although this is outside of the original timeframe.