Healthcare situation in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso’s healthcare situation is to this day in a critical state. According to World Factbook, in 2017 Burkina Faso’s child mortality rate was estimated at 72.2 deaths for 1000 births. For the same year, the average life expectancy of men and women was around 55.9 years old. With an estimated five doctors per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012, medical care is insufficient due to a lack of resources, especially in rural regions.
After the construction of the Primary School Extension, the village community started to build a small first-aid station from their own initiative. They used the construction knowledge they acquired while building the school and left over building materials.
What we want
Today, this space is no longer enough to meet the needs of the ever-growing community. It is ran down, and needs to be extended and modernized. We plan to build a new building complying with hygienic standards, and equipped with simple sterile instruments, bandage materials and medication. In addition, we would like to have a midwife come once a week to carry out follow-up examinations of pregnant women and monitor the children’s health, so that complicated cases can be referred to a hospital early on.