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.
GDP per capita
10% of household
consumption or income
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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