Information for Patients
Healthcare in Burkina Faso is vastly underserved and overwhelmed due to continuous internal conflict with rebels in pockets of the country and generally poor infrastructure within the country. Private care tends to be focused in within larger cities and offers a service that is slightly better but is equally overwhelmed as with much of the poorer countries in the Sahel region. Various NGOs and charities also provide services where needed and cater to vulnerable citizens of the country. The healthcare system is divided into three tiers: the district centers, medical centers (offering surgical services) and primary care facilities. These are collectively run by the central administration of the Ministry of Health. However, key specialties are lacking in rural areas. Healthcare isn’t universal but select services are provided to citizens free of charge. The Burkinabe health service is funded by private funding, the Ministry of Health and international aid.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Burkinabe Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Burkinabe embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Burkinabe medical societies in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Burkina Faso.
French is the language of instruction for medical education in the Burkina Faso.
Information for Travelers
Healthcare in Burkina Faso is generally underserved and relatively week, with the exception of private hospitals located in the capital city which tend to cater to wealthier residents. Both travelers and expats are required to have private insurance (usually provided by employer if relocating to Burkina Faso).
French is the main languages in Burkina Faso with very few speaking English.
Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.sante.gov.bf