PMC in Burkina Faso

PMC began working in Burkina Faso in 2004. The annual population growth rate is 3 percent, which left unchanged means the population will double by 2045.

PMC programming in Burkina Faso has received an incredible reception. HƐrƐ S’ra  (“The Road to Happiness”) and Yam Yankré  (“The Choice”) aired simultaneously in 2012 addressing different issues in two different languages. In the first two months of the broadcast, 3,797 listeners called into the radio shows, demonstrating incredibly high audience engagement. In the second round of monitoring health clinics in the listening area, 78 percent of those surveyed said they were listening to one of PMC’s two programs and 25 percent of those surveyed credited one of PMC’s programs with inspiring them to visit the health clinic and seek services. Prior to these dramas, PMC aired Cesiri Tono (“Fruits of Perseverance”) in 2004.

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Listeners of Population Media Center's programs in Burkina Faso were 1.6 times more likely than non-listeners to say have voluntarily been tested for HIV.

Population Size

20,107,509 (July 2017)

Growth Rate

Projected Population Growth



In Burkina Faso, an average of 5.71 children are born to each woman, and more than 39% of these children are subjected to child labor.


  • Growth Rate Compared to World: 8th (CIA, 2017)
  • Total Fertility Rate: 5.71 children/woman (CIA, 2017)
  • Contraceptive Prevalence Rate: 25.5% (CIA, 2016)
  • HIV/AIDS Adult Prevalence Rate: 0.8% (CIA, 2016)
  • HIV/AIDS Compared to World: 51st (CIA, 2012)
  • Population Below International Poverty Line: 44.6% (UNICEF Economic Indicators, 2007-2011)
  • Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence for Women: 75.8% (UNICEF Child Protection Indicators, 2002-2012)
  • Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence for Daughters: 13.3% (UNICEF Child Protection Indicators, 2002-2012)
  • Births by Age 18: 28.2% (UNICEF Adolescents Indicators, 2008-2012)

Our Projects

PMC has aired three radio serial dramas in Burkina Faso to address reproductive health, family planning, obstetric fistula, and more.

About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a country approximately the size of New Zealand with a population of almost 16 million located in western Africa. The fertility rate in Burkina Faso is the eighth highest in the world, driven by large family size. In general, men and women want large families, but 29 percent of married women ages 15–49 reported to the Demographic and Health Survey that they would like to space or limit births, but they’re not currently using any method of family planning. In Burkina Faso, 5.93 children are born to every woman, and more than 39 percent of these children are subjected to child labor. (UNICEF, 2012) Population Institute has ranked Burkina Faso the 15th most vulnerable state in their 2015 Demographic Vulnerability Report

It’s not cost or access that’s being cited by sexually active, fertile, married women. The barriers to use of modern methods of contraception are largely informational and cultural. The top reasons married women cited for not using a modern method of contraception were the desire for more children (18%); personal, partner, or religious opposition (17%); fear of health effects (10%); and not knowing a method or a source (10%). Cost was cited by 2.5 percent and lack of access was cited by 0.7 percent.

Current World Population


Net Growth During Your Visit