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BURKINA FASO

Burkina Faso has made significant strides in UHC in recent years, especially in financial risk coverage. Yet security difficulties and budgetary constraints stand in the way of further progress.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Population
(Million)

19.2

GDP per capita
(annual)

$670

Human Development
Index ranking

183

UHC INDICATORS

UHC
service coverage
index

39.7%

Physicians
per 1,000
population

0.1

Catastrophic expenditure:
10% of household
consumption or income

3.1%

Source: World Health Organization: Tracking universal health coverage: 2019 Global Monitoring Report

OVERVIEW OF UHC DEVELOPMENTS

GDP growth remains strong in Burkina Faso, at 6.8% in 2018, enabling the country to provide free care for pregnant women and children under five – a major factor in reducing out-of-pocket expenses to less than 32% of total health expenditure.

Other highlights include improved availability of essential medicines, an increase in primary completion rates (62.99%), access to safe drinking water (74% of the population) and progress in sanitation (22.6% of the population). However, pressure on the state budget, especially from the ongoing security problems and a drive to reduce the national deficit to 3% of GDP by 2019, has delayed the implementation of the structural investments and strategic reforms of the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES), including the roll-out of UHC.

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