Burkina Faso - Improving the Access to Health Care for Mother and Child in Burkina Faso
2016 - ongoing
 
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso - Improving the Access to Health Care for Mother and Child in Burkina Faso
Background
Each year over 2.500 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in Burkina Faso. Most of these deaths could be avoided if adequate obstetric care was available and accessible. Additionally, according to UNFPA/WHO estimates, for every woman who dies from complications related to childbirth, approximately 20 more suffer from injuries, infections and disabilities that can result in temporary or lifelong social and economic exclusion.
 
In recent years the Government of Burkina Faso (GoBF) and international donors have put good effort into improving the health situation of the country and that of women and children in particular. To this end the MoH put in place in 2006 a roadmap to accelerate the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, “Plan d’Accélération de Réduction de la Mortalité Maternelle et Néonatale au Burkina Faso”. Since 2007 Burkina Faso subsidizes 80% of the costs of an institutional child birth and offers these services free of charge to the poor thus significantly reducing financial barriers to accessing maternal and newborn healthcare services. The establishment of additional health districts and district hospitals is planned to increase the availability and accessibility of services, especially with regard to Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (Soins Obstétricaux et Néonataux d’Urgence, SONU), as part of the national health strategy.
 
Goals
The Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso requested AMPC to develop a project aimed at improving the access to healthcare for mother and child, specifically concerning Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care, and secure financing for its implementation.
 
Approach
AMPC supported the Ministry of Health in applying for a grant from the Dutch ORIO Facility for Infrastructure Development to cover the costs of project development and implementation. The proposed project consists of the upgrade of five primary health centres (CSPS) into district hospitals with surgical units (CMA’s) able to provide quality comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care. The upgrade would include infrastructural works, equipment, staff training and subsequent use and maintenance, in five new and remote health districts in Burkina Faso. In October 2013 the project was selected by ORIO as eligible for a grant to further develop the project. However, the signing of a grant arrangement between the governments of the Netherlands and Burkina Faso was delayed significantly. In 2016 AMPC could finally start the with the development of a detailed project plan.  
 
AMPC will carry out a complete feasibility study and develop a comprehensive project plan including infrastructural extension or construction, supply and installation of medical and non-medical equipment and furniture, and human resource strengthening of these five primary health centres to enable them to start functioning as district hospitals. The activities will include, among others, functional planning, architectonic (re)design, establishment of engineering requirements and equipment specifications, environmental impact assessments, financial analyses, the design of capacity building and maintenance programmes, and the development of a procurement strategy.  
 
Results
This project is currently ongoing.
contact
AMPC International Health Consultants
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