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Burkina Faso Essay

1245 words - 5 pages

Burkina Faso is a small country located in Western Africa, north of Ghana,
it's total land area is 274,200 sq km. The terrain is mostly flat to
dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast. Some of it's
natural resources are manganese, limestone, marbleand small deposits of
gold. The irrigated land in Burkina Faso is only a mere 160 sq km. The
population is 10,422,828 (July 1995 est.) of which 50% is under the age of
Burkina Faso is a country with a rapidly increasing population in relation
to the growth of food supply and other human necessities. The countries
population is growing rapidly and the country is not able to adequately
feed, shelter, and provide the ...view middle of the document...

Burkina Faso's health problems include a high prevalence of
many endemic diseases, poor case management by the health system and a
weak infrastructure, with health centres that are geographically or
financially inaccessible to most of those they are meant to serve. As a
result, the country has high infant and under-five mortality rates and, at
810 per 100,000 births, a very high maternal mortality rate. AIDS is
adding to the problem, as elsewhere in West Africa, s!
pread by the increase in population migration, the high rate of
sexually-transmitted diseases and poverty. In some areas, as many as 15 to
27 per cent of pregnant women are HIV-positive.

The government is trying to prevent the spread of diseases. They are
planning on developing different possibilities to cure the population. One
of the proposed projects would contain institution building activities at
the national level for both population policy and HIV/AIDS surveillance
and monitoring, including blood screening. Total project costs are
estimated to be $25.1 million, including an IDA credit of about $21.1
million. Through this they are helping the population increase.

I believe that it is important to first control the population and only
then put in projects which would prevent the spread of diseases and other
epidemics. Once the population is controlled then you can establish better
health conditions for the people, because it will have it's place in
society at that time. It is ironic because people are trying to lengthen a
persons life, but they do not look at the overall picture. Where that one
person contributes to the population growth and the starvation of the
whole country. It is like curing a person from a deadly disease and
letting him walk out of the hospital, and then we see that person die of
starvation, something is not quite right.

Therefore my solution is quite simple. Let the disease spread for some
time, so that the death rates would increase and the population would be
controlled. In Burkina Faso the estimated death rate is 18.22 deaths/1,000
population, the life expectancy is 46.6 years. Also a problem is that 47%
of the population is under...

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