The elections in Burkina went without a problem. The actual president was reelected and the opposition accepted the results. It can be seen as a positive sign : the political system is becoming more mature, or as a negative sign: there is a very weak and disorganized opposition.
I am not sure if Rock Kaboré is the best leader for Burkina, but his reelection gives some well needed stability. During the election period there were no terrorist attacks? Let us hope that it will be the same in the future.
Focus on infant mortality rate and the impact of mosquito nets
The mortality rate of infants in Burkina has decreased to 9 % in 2019. This is the average over all Burkina Faso. In rural areas it is still around 12%.
The main causes of this high infant mortality rate after birth are diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia.
Mosquito nets will decrease the cases of malaria of the infants by more than 50%. We have seen this impact ourselves in villages where we had made mosquito nets available to women.
Generally, mothers sleep together with the infants. A mosquito net protects both the infants and the mothers.
There are a lot of other insects / animals besides mosquitoes in the huts where people live in Burkina Faso. The mosquito nets allows the people sleeping under it to have an undisturbed night.
One woman told us in a village “with such a nice thing in my hut now, I will have to replace my mat by a matrass” .
A mosquito lasts around 3 years. We need to help women to replace the broken nets and provide new ones for more women.
The cost of an with DEET impregnated mosquito net is 6,5 euro and we ask a contribution of 1,5 euro per woman. This participation helps the appropriation of the mosquito net.
We are looking for funds to supply 2.000 nets in the 12 villages where we are active.
Solar panels for dormitories at the LAP
This week we have completed the installation of solar energy on all dormitories. We have tried to involve the students as much as possible so that they understand at least the different parts of the system: panels, batteries, ventilators and lights.
This will decrease the fuel usage of the generator.
Sayings of the week
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein