The third MDG Milestone was to take a country and write a country profile for it. I chose the country of Burkina Faso because my brother did a country report on it in seventh grade. I knew that it was in Africa and that was all, therefore I decided to find out more about it.
The country of Burkina Faso is located on the western coast of Africa. As a large group of African countries do, Burkina Faso has problems with children’s health and poverty. The millennium development goals that focus on children’s’ health apply mainly to Africa. The problem that Africa has with HIV/AIDS and children’s starvation is the lack of funds to properly maintain health. The problem of children’s health does not lie in how many survive births, but how many children are not properly nourished. In Burkina Faso, 37% of children under five were severely underweight. This is a significant number of the very young population in the country. This could be the key to most children’s health problems in Africa because in comparison to HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other complications that are prevalent in the region, hunger is by far the largest problem. Burkina Faso can allocate majority of the funding they gain towards fixing children’s starvation due to the heavy amount of children that have a problem with starvation.