PMA2020/ PMA2020 Program Receives National Media Coverage in Burkina Faso
PMA2020 Program Receives National Media Coverage in Burkina Faso
Dr. Georges Guiella who serves as Principal Investigator for the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) program in Burkina Faso was recently featured on Le 19h30, a national television program in Burkina Faso. In the interview, Dr. Guiella explained the imperative role that the PMA2020 survey has played in rapidly generating nationally representative data to inform policy decision-making and in strengthening local research capacity since the project launched in 2014.
“In Burkina Faso we have begun to implement a plan in partnership with PNDS [the National Health Development Plan] for 2017–2020. This is an opportunity for a platform that can assist the Ministry of Health, as well as the other partners that work in this field, with collecting data for calculating important health indicators regularly and not wait until 2020 to see if something did or did not work,” explains Dr. Guiella. In Burkina Faso, PMA2020 is implemented by the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) and led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
PMA2020 uses mobile technology and local networks of female data collectors to facilitate rapid-turnaround surveys in 11 countries in Africa and Asia, enabling the tracking of data global health and development indicators.
Burkina Faso was the first Francophone West African country to pilot and support the PMA2020 platform. Since its launch in 2014, the team has conducted four rounds of surveys, collecting real time data from women, households and service delivery points.
“As the first West African country to adopt this platform, Burkina Faso has become a hub for the PMA2020 project,” says Dr. Guiella. “We have developed the expertise to support and provide technical assistance to other West African countries that are interested in adopting this platform, such as Niger which more recently adopted the platform and Côte d’Ivoire, which will be beginning to implement the platform this June.”
Dr. Guiella finished the interview by asking for the population’s support and collaboration, noting that the data collectors are easily identified in the areas that they work by the bright PMA2020 logos on their t-shirts.
“I ask for the population to support and collaborate with the REs [data collectors who are known as Resident Enumerators or REs] because there is a need for the indicators that the REs are collecting to improve health indicators in Burkina, not only for family planning but for health in general.”