Crown Princess Mary’s Visit to Burkina Faso: October 27-29

  October 31, 2021 at 9:25 pm by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, accompanied by the Danish Minister for Development Aid Flemming Møller Mortensen, paid a working visit to the West African country of Burkina Faso from October 27 to 29.

On Thursday, the Crown Princess began with a visit to the publicly run health center, the “Center de Santé et Promotion Sociale” (CSPS), a first-level care structure that offers various services such as curative and preventive nursing consultations, pre- and post-natal consultations, assistance with childbirth, vaccination. During the visit the Crown Princess met with employees of the health center and was informed about their work.

Then Crown Princess Mary went to Kaya, a city in the northeast of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to visit a village which has received a large number of internally displaced persons due to climate change, and has cultivated 250 hectares of land using two climate-adapted cultivation techniques, which collect rainwater for the crops.

Later the Crown Princess paid a visit to a mobile health clinic run by Marie Stopes International (MSI), a non-governmental organization that around the world provides to women “a full range of quality sexual and reproductive health services”. Denmark supports this organization. The following visit was at the “Coopérative simplifiée Wendwaoga des étuveuses de riz”, a cooperative established and run by 144 women that processes local rice.

On Friday October 29, Crown Princess Mary, along with the Minister for Development Aid, was received by Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in the Presidential Palace in the capital Ouagadougo.

Following the reception, the Crown Princess paid a visit to the “Centre For The Well-Being Of Women And The Prevention Of Female Genital Mutilation, Gisèle Kambou”, a centre that is focused on health care for women and children and provides also legal and psychological assistance to violence victims.

Later the Crown Princess went to a local girls’ club on the outskirts of Ouagadougou where she met with young girls victims of violence or have experienced child marriage. Then took place a panel organized by the Danish embassy in Burkina Faso and focused on the young people’s current situation.

Afterward Crown Princess Mary visited the ABBEF Center, a counseling center that offers help and information-education to young people in the field of contraception, HIV / AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The visit ended with a reception held at the residence of Denmark’s ambassador to Burkina Faso, Steen Sonne Andersen.

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