CEMECA, Dedougou, Burkina Faso

Communication campaign for welfare of women and children in Boucle du Mouhoun

Communication campaign for welfare of women and children in Boucle du Mouhoun

Partner Organisation
CEMECA: B.P. 210, Dédougou, Burkina Faso, E-Mail: camille_sawadogo@yahoo.fr, radiosalaki@yahoo.fr, www.cemecabf.org

Project Duration
July 2013-June 2015

Partner Organisation
CEMECA is the executing institution of a community-based NGO called SALAKI. SALAKI/CEMECA is located in Dedougou, in the northwest of Burkina Faso, a region called "La Boucle du Mouhoun" and consisting of five provinces. CEMECA commenced Operation in October 2005, as a multimedia centre, including animation activities on social issues in the villages of the region, a cyber-centre, video production, and a radio station called Radio Salaki, which started in October 2007. CEMECA also organises training at three levels: training for local population on using the Internet, informatics and Basic communication skills. Furthermore, training on video production and broadcasting (with the focus on "community radio stations") is offered at national and international levels. CEMECA is a founding member of Mediafrica.Net (www.mediafrica.net), a resource website for African community radio stations and media practitioners, and also conducts e-Learning courses for African community broadcasters and media practitioners, combining distant learning and on-the-spot workshops.

Project Objective
The project intends to contribute towards sensitising the population about nutrition issues: prevention of  poor nutrition and Promotion of better childcare, in particular by promoting the use of two local products, moringa and misola, which are nutritious options for weaning babies and supplementing children's nourishment; more regular visits to dispensaries, as well as the care of young mothers with children under five, and other women of childbearing age.

Actions and Schedule

  • 750 families sensitised and activated in the better feeding of children, and better health care and support (visit to dispensaries in 15 villages)
  • 75 family vegetable gardens, with moringa plants
  • 90 women trained in the production of misola and preparation of moring
  • Storage facilities for misola and moringa powder in at least 10 villages


  • Training of the community groups (two days), on their role in the project
  • 600 visits to the villages
  • Production of radio programmes:
    Production of 15 public talk shows
  • 6 talk shows on identification of child malnutrition
    6 talk shows on identification of malnutrition amongst breast-feeding mothers 
    6 talk shows in local languages on prevention of malnutrition and promotion of proper nourishment of children and mothers
    6 panel discussions on the role of "mother-in-law"
    6 magazines on misola and moringa
    12 magazines on local governance on nutrition
    20 public radio games on nutrition (10) and use of misola and moringa for feeding children (10)
    12 magazines on family gardens and the cultivation of moring
  • Training workshop for women community leaders on moringa preparation and storage methods
  • Production of two booklets in local languages, about misola and moringa,
  • 15 video/cine animation and public discussion in the villages + feedback programme on the radio
  • 12 community discussion (broadcast) on establishing storage facilities and commercialisation of misola and moringa in the villages