1. What is your name and role in PMA2020? Kindo Boukary, Trainer and Supervisor for PMA2020/Burkina Faso.
2. How did you get involved with PMA2020? I joined the PMA2020/Burkina Faso team in July of 2014 when the Institut Superieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP), PMA2020’s implementing partner in Burkina Faso, contacted me to participate in their training for PMA2020 trainers and supervisors.
3. What does your typical day look like? I have two types of PMA2020 workdays. First, during the mapping period – I wake up early, do my prayer, and gather the materials I need for the field. There is no start time or end time of the day for me; I work all day with a break in the middle just to eat something. The second type of PMA2020 workday consists of service delivery point (SDP) interviews; I conduct SDP interviews from 8am to 12pm and then again from 3pm to 5pm. I spend the rest of the day in households, interviewing women to verify data collected by the Resident Enumerators (REs).
4. What skills do you most frequently employ in your work with PMA2020? To complete my job well, I use a good strategic approach, notably a respect and courtesy towards colleagues.
5. What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? The dynamism and the atmosphere of the team.
6. If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...? Fast and reliable data collection.
7. Why do you think PMA2020 is important? PMA2020 is important because it is a platform that allows for data collection on family planning at regular periods, instead of waiting for 5 years to gather new information. I think it can help to reframe some policies on family planning. In addition, PMA2020 provides employment to unemployed youth and by doing so gives them an income that allows them to support themselves.
8. What is the biggest challenge you face in your work? The biggest challenge is to collect quality data that will serve my country. To achieve this goal, requires regular monitoring of REs and the fulfillment of tasks entrusted to me.
9. What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I watch TV when I'm at home or I sit with friends and have tea. Occasionally, I do some reading.
10. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? I’d like to meet the initiators of the PMA2020 project.
11. What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020? I learned to communicate and work with a lot of people via the Internet, including people involved with PMA2020 and with the medical community in my country. I also learned a lot about family planning and I feel able to take part in certain debates on family planning.
12. How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing? I will tell them that like all human work it is hard but it is very rich in teaching as you learn a lot.
13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? Canada.
14. What is your favorite public health topic? Issues related to reproductive health.
15. Where would you like to be in 10 years? I would like to work in the field of consulting (research) in Burkina Faso.
16. What are you afraid of? I fear disease because when you are sick, no activity is possible.
17.What is the most interesting thing you have learned while working with PMA2020? Through PMA2020 I learned to master issues related to health in general and more specifically those related to family planning.
18. If you could change one thing about anything, what would it be? Eradicate war from the world.
19. Who is your role model and why? The father of the Burkinabé revolution, Thomas Sankara. He was a brave and humble man. Through his determination and courage, he contributed his stone to the building of Burkina Faso. He remains a model for all the youth of Burkina Faso – even for all of Africa.
20. Any last words? PMA2020 is great initiative and I hope there will be other similar platforms like PMA2020 to come. I’d like to thank the whole team, especially PMA2020/Burkina Faso.