Improving women’s health while developing sustainable economic opportunities for female community health workers


Burkina Faso Viet Nam Nigeria

Thematic area

Health and Social protection


Since 2016


The context

In Burkina Faso, Vietnam and Nigeria, about 69 million women and girls are of childbearing age.

39% of them would like to delay or avoid pregnancy but lack access to contraception. In these countries, 62% of health expenses are the responsibility of the residents.


The project

The organization Marie Stopes International has developed a pilot project to address the needs of women and adolescent girls living in remote areas with under-developed health systems.

In these regions, social norms or family obligations may restrict the freedom of movement of women outside their homes. The provision of services at home has been shown to be effective in such circumstances. Trained community health workers deliver sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception, maternal and child nutrition and emergency care.


The support

Fondation CHANEL is committed to supporting Marie Stopes International to develop this project in Burkina Faso, Vietnam and Nigeria. The objective is to improve the health and independence of 100,000 women and adolescent girls in rural areas of these three countries.

The results

  • 166 women entrepreneurs will be trained in the three countries to start businesses that provide women’s health services.
  • 30% of women and project beneficiaries will use modern contraceptives.


The partner

Marie Stopes International works worldwide for women and girls, regardless of age, religion, origin or income, the opportunity to decide whether and when to have children.

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