Burkina Faso/National Institute of Statistics and Demography: Journalists learn about indicators for the 5th Demographic and Health Survey of 2021
The National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD) has organized a training seminar for media actors. It focused on the indicators of the 5th Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) conducted in 2021. It was held on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Ouagadougou.
The aim was to strengthen the capacities of media men and women in the use of statistical information in their productions. Indeed, if journalists are better equipped, this will allow the population to be aware of the surveys conducted by the INSD. They will then be able to understand the various changes that are taking place in Burkina Faso's society. Also, this information will be useful to experts because they will be able to carry out certain analyses. It should also be noted that the survey conducted in 2021 made it possible to update the living conditions of Burkinabè. This will allow decision-makers to take this into account in the various development strategies.
The Director General of the INSD, Boureima Ouédraogo, explained that the information published by the institute is not always understood. That is why "we wanted to organize this meeting to exchange and explain how to understand and use the indicators we produce," he said. The modules were related to fertility, mortality, family planning, HIV-AIDS, nutrition, maternal and child health, etc.
One of the demographers who provided the training was Issa Zongo. He said that a journalist must read statistics accurately, because sometimes there are misinterpretations. "We admit that we statisticians do not communicate our indicators well. We think that there are obvious things when in fact they are not. The purpose of this training is to teach you to better relay our information to the public," he said.
It should be noted that the journalists took advantage of these exchanges to make demands. They wished that at the end of this training, they could have facilities for access to information or interviews with experts of the institute when they want to produce productions. The INSD team promised to be available when the need arises. This initiative of INSD is part of the commemoration of the African Statistics Day. It takes place every November 18 and is in its 32nd edition. To access the INSD surveys click here: http://www.insd.bf/