Health Care Professional Associations Workshop, Burkina Faso
26-29 March 2008

HCPs meet in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou , 26 March 2008 - Health decision-makers joined more than 60 health care professionals (HCPs) from Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mali, Niger and Senegal to mark the opening of a regional workshop on the role of HCPs in the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5. The opening ceremony included speeches from Burkina Faso's State Minister and Minister of Health, Dr Alain Bédouma Yoda and Mrs Priscille Zongo, wife of the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso (speaking on behalf of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, Mrs. Chantal Compaoré) and Dr Francisco Songane, Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Dr Songane warmly thanked participants and attendees for the enormous attention being given to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). He pointed to the strong engagement, support and attendance at the HCP workshop as evidence of the strength of the support for MNCH issues. Dr Songane outlined the trends related to MDGs 4 and 5, noting the high mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa for mothers and children. He highlighted the importance of the role of health care professionals in contributing to national efforts to reduce those mortality rates and achieve MDGs 4 and 5

Dr Yoda pointed to the importance of MNCH especially in its effect on other aspects of society. "The improvement of maternal newborn and child health will be without a doubt beneficial for all (our) countries," said Dr Yoda. He outlined the efforts undertaken by Burkina Faso in order to achieve MDG 4 and 5 goals and targets and thanked health care professionals for their present work, encouraging them to continue their efforts. Finally he congratulated all participants for their efforts and thanked the Partnership for choosing to hold the workshop in Burkina Faso

Speaking on behalf of the First Lady, Mrs Priscille Zongo noted the sombre mood which she related to the shocking reality of the poor state of maternal, newborn and child health. Mrs Zongo asked the participants to keep-up their spirits, as she herself found hope from seeing the meeting in progress: "Knowing that such technical competencies have been brought together here, there is no doubt that a solution will be found," she said. Mrs Zongo highlighted the high levels of MNC mortality in Burkina Faso and thanked the Partnership for the support that it has brought to the country and to the scaling-up of MNCH services in Burkina Faso. She hoped to this would in part help resolve the crisis related to human resources for health.

Following the opening ceremony, the sixty-odd participants began the workshop. An introductory presentation outlined the global and regional situation of MNCH, of human resources for health and provided information about the Partnership and the context for me meeting set the scene for participants. Work began immediately with a focus on the role and the organizational strengthening of HCP associations. Presentations and panel followed as what marked the beginning of a workshop rich in debate and exchange.


Programme de l'atelier [pdf 205kb]

List of participants

Liste des participants [pdf 104kb]


Déclaration de Ouagadougou [pdf 125kb]

Country plans

Plan d'action APS, Burkina Faso [pdf 150kb]

Plan d'action APS, Mali [pdf 93kb]

Plan d'action APS, Niger [pdf 115kb]

Plan d'action APS, République Démocratique du Congo [pdf 46kb]

Plan d'action APS, Sénégal [pdf 35kb]

Presentations and speeches

Discours d'ouverture de Madame l'Epouse du Premier Ministre [pdf 239kb]

Discours d'ouverture du Directeur du Partenariat [pdf 52kb]

Le rôle des associations professionnelles dans le domaine de la santé de la mère, du nouveau-né et de l’enfant: La perspective de la FIGO [pdf 833kb]
André B. Lalonde, FIGO, et Liette Perron, SOGC

Le rôle des APS dans la planification: le cas du Niger [pdf 2.07Mb]
Dr Hamma Soumana, Ministère de la Santé Publique, Niger

Rôle des APS dans la résolution du problème des ressources humaines [pdf 49kb]
B. Dao, J. Lankoandé, M. Akotionga et B.Thiéba. SOGOB

Associations des Professionnels de la Santé et leur rôle dans la réalisation des OMD 4 et 5 : Expérience de la R.D. Congo [pdf 2.69Mb]
Louis Komba-Djeko, ANIC

Société Africaine des Gynécologues-Obstétriciens (SAGO) [pdf 168kb]
Prof. Christiane Welffens-Ekra, SAGO

Associations des professionnels de la santé et rôle dans la réalisation des OMD 4 et 5 [pdf 226kb]
Pr Christiane Wlffens-Ekdra, SAGO

Rôle des associations de professionnels de la santé dans l'amélioration de la santé de la mère, du nouveau-né et de l'enfant [pdf 1.59Mb]
Dr Laure Adrien, SHOG

APS et qualité des soins [pdf 352kb]
Luc de Bernis, UNFPA

Saisir les opportunités pour sauver 1.16 millions de bébés africains qui meurent chaque année [pdf 717kb]
Geneviève Begkoyian, UNICEF

OMD 4 et 5: Point de la situation et ce qui reste à faire [pdf 603kb]
Dr. Mamadou H. Diallo, Le Partenariat

Comment le Partenariat peut faire progresser les plans d'action [pdf 116kb]
Le Partenariat


This is the second in a series of multi-country workshops of Health Care Professional Associations in affiliation with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. The overall objective of this workshop is to increase the contribution of HCP Associations to national MNCH plans through a strengthened participation in policy and programme development and an increased alignment of activities to the national targets regarding the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5 (reducing child mortality by 2/3 and maternal mortality by ¾ by 2015).

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Specific objectives

Expected results

At country level

Priority actions that support existing country MNCH plans identified and committed to by country teams* (implementation within 1-2 years). These actions should enhance the participation and role of HCP Associations in:

* Note: Each country team will choose 2 or 3 of the five areas to work on, that are clearly linked to country MNCH plans.

At regional and international levels

Areas of support from regional and/ or international bodies determined for the activities identified as priority by country teams.


Up to eight representatives from five countries, comprising health care professionals (6 or 7 representatives) and one public sector senior official; as well, international and regional organization representatives will be invited. Expected total participation will be approx. 50.

Meeting activities and agenda

1. Presentation of success stories or examples

A success story pertaining to a "growth area" will be presented and discussed. The stories will illustrate the role played by the HCPAs in the success and will highlight best practices or lessons learned.

2. Panels and plenary on each of the objectives

A panel discussion will follow each presentation. Panels will each be composed of 4 - 6 people from different professional associations, agencies and/or organizations. Each panel will be chaired by a facilitator. A list of discussion points will be available for each panel to ensure full review of topics. Time is allotted after the discussions for comments and questions.

3. Country working groups

The expected results of the meeting are centered on the identification of priority actions that country teams will to pursue in a 1-2 year time-frame. These actions will strengthen the role of HCPAs in supporting national MNCH efforts. The country team participants will also identify support needed from regional and international agencies and the government in order for these activities to be feasible.

The country working groups will be the key forum for the identification of these activities and needs. Three sessions are planned. The first two will focus on selecting 2 or 3 of the 5 growth areas for HCP Associations. Groups will be asked to:

Agenda [pdf 205kb]

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