Reproductive health: The Ratanga Club Burkina Faso launches its community activities

The community activities of the "Ratanga Club Burkina Faso" network were officially launched this Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Ouagadougou. The network was set up as part of the implementation of the "C'est la vie" project led by the Senegalese NGO RAES, which promotes sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, gender-based violence and education.

RAES is a Senegalese NGO created in 2004. A veritable creative laboratory, it designs, tests and scales up innovative strategies for social and behavior change in Africa. It also acts as a hub that brings together international partners and programs, the media and civil societies operating in West Africa.

Flagship project of the NGO RAES, " C’est la vie is a unique 360° campaign in West Africa which aims to improve knowledge but also attitudes and behaviors in terms of sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health and gender-based violence at the national level. individual, community and societal.

Educational tools through entertainment...

Driven from Dakar, the "C'est la vie" project is a media and digital campaign on a continental scale but also a community project deployed in nine countries of the sub-region (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger , Togo, Benin, Chad, Guinea, Senegal), inviting civil society partners to discuss these key issues at the individual, community and political levels “, indicated in his opening speech Zoubiré B. Charles, representing the Technical Secretary in charge of the acceleration of the demographic transition.

He continued that, being convinced that local actors are best placed to carry out community information, education and communication activities on sexual and reproductive health adapted to their contexts, the "C'est la vie" project provides them with educational tools through entertainment and trains them in their use through the Ratanga Club network.

Active in four countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger and Senegal), the Ratanga Club network federates and supports civil society organizations and dynamic youth networks to carry out community activities on the ground in order to encourage and nurture the debate among young people to improve sexual and reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors “, explained the representative of the Ratanga Club Burkina Faso consortium, Monika Ouédraogo.

Reassure the government and the Burkinabè Ministry of Health

To achieve these objectives, each country of the "C'est la vie" project should set up a Ratanga Club consortium integrated into the country committee, which is made up of several CSOs carrying out community activities with young people and wish to benefit from the "C 'est la vie' to enhance their impact. It is in this sense that the community activities of the Ratanga Club Burkina Faso were launched this Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Ouagadougou.

The purpose of the Ratanga Club Burkina Faso consortium is to bring the organizations that make it up to integrate into their community activities the tools that have been developed within the framework of the "C'est la vie" project, in particular the educational kit, by formalizing it in a roadmap designed in collaboration with the NGO RAES “, underlined the Community Officer at RAES, Ansoumane Niakasso.

He wanted to reassure the government and the Burkinabè Ministry of Health that the Ratanga Club Burkina Faso is coming to reinforce the achievements, through intense awareness-raising activities, TV and radio programs and educational workshops for the benefit of adolescents and young people. .

Noufou KINDO – Burkina24