Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


The study site includes three urban poor communities covered by the Ouagadougou Demographic Surveillance System, each located in the north of the city (Nioko II, Nonghin, and Polesgo) that together comprise a total of more than 45,000 residents living in informal settlements. The study site also includes two other areas (Kilwin and Tanghin) that are formal settlements.

Research Team

Our collaborating research partner in Ouagadougou is the University of Ouagadougou.

Georges Guiella, Primary Investigator

Dr. Georges Guiella is a researcher and lecturer at the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) of the University of Ouagadougou.  His research includes extensive studies related to adolescent sexual behaviors and HIV risk Additionally he has worked on the  assessment of integrated community case management of childhood illness (iCCM) in community-based health systems through a network of community-based Health Workers using information and communication technologies. He is also coordinating the “Small Grants Program for Research in Family Planning in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa” in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Dr. Guiella holds a MSc in Demography from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Montréal (Canada). Contact Dr. Guiella.

Nathalie Sawadogo, Field Coordinator

Nathalie Sawadogo is a demographer. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences (Demography) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (2013). She is currently a teaching assistant and a researcher at the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) at Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). She has been involved in both qualitative and quantitative studies relating to many aspects of reproductive health in Burkina Faso, including studies on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, dual prevention against STI/AIDS and unintended pregancies among youth, abortion, female genital mutilation, obstetric fistulae, and maternal and child health. She is currently participating in the design and impementation of several research projects in sub-Saharan Africa in general and namely in Burkina Faso.