The coronavirus pandemic has a negative impact on the income of families in Burkina Faso. According to a study carried out by the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) of Joseph Ki-Zerbo University in partnership with the country office of the American NGO, Jhpiego, 68% of the women surveyed felt food insecure in their households.
This is no longer a secret. The new coronavirus disease, in addition to our health and social habits, has a negative effect on the economies of countries and households. This is the observation made by the ISSP in its study carried out with the support of the NGO Jhpiego.
“Covid-19 in Burkina Faso: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of populations, socio-economic impact on households and access to health services” is the title of the study. For fifteen days, from June 25th to July 10th 2020, 35 interviewers collected information from 3,525 women from the Center (1,118), Hauts-Bassins (618) and other regions (1,789) of Burkina Faso.
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A good knowledge of the disease is very important
Data collection was conducted by telephone. It was found that the majority of the population referred to the radio and health workers for information. Informed of the existence of the disease, seven out of ten households had a hand-washing device.
Nearly 95% of the respondents said they knew the four barrier gestures (avoid shaking hands, wash hands with soap, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing). For this last barrier measure, seven out of ten women were able to comply with it. The other women, because of health care, visiting relatives, the market, fetching water, were unable to respect physical distancing.
Adverse economic effects on households
According to the study, the Coronavirus has had a great impact on household incomes, due to government restrictions, plunging some into food insecurity. For example, six out of 10 women reported having experienced increased food insecurity in their households since the restrictions came into effect.
However, more women, nine out of 10, are concerned about the impact of the disease on their household income in the future.
For Dr Abdramane Soura, Director of ISSP, the results of the study will provide the government and the actors involved in the fight against the Coronavirus with an added value in the response policy. According to Dr. Jérémie Zoungrana, the battle against the disease can be won if its impact on people’s lives is grasped.
In the fight, the government will have to increase awareness because 17% of respondents still believe that Coronavirus is a disease that only affects the rich part of the population.
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