Good news for the 30,000 inhabitants of the “secteur 13” area of Ouagadougou: 90% of the Burkina Faso Red Cross Healthcare and Social Advancement Centre is now rehabilitated, thanks to the participation of the Monaco Red Cross and the support of the Princely Government of Monaco. Funding is still required to ensure the sustainability of the project by training the medical team and supplying equipment for the new pharmacy.

A difficult environment

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world: its human development index ranked it 181st out of 187 in 2011.Over 43% of the population lives below the poverty line and the health situation, despite positive improvement, is still characterised by high mortality rates. The population suffers from malaria, malnutrition, acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases and sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV/AIDS.

In such a situation, community healthcare facilities are essential. The Burkina Faso Red Cross Healthcare and Social Advancement Centre was created in 1985. It provides daily services via a medical laboratory, a pharmaceutical warehouse, a community clinic, an expanded immunisation programme and a maternal and child welfare section. In all, 18 people work there, 8 of whom are directly appointed by the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health.

Although a reference centre at the time it was built, it has experienced great difficulty over the last few years and has not been able to fulfil its role in supporting the most vulnerable people living in Ouagadougou. Apart from the significant equipment and infrastructure issues, the management of the centre had to be completely re-established.

Transversal and sustainable action

A comprehensive revitalisation project was set up by the Burkina Faso Red Cross. This entails long-term support, in which strengthening the skills of human resources, especially with regard to financial and operational management, occupy a central position.

Thanks to the participation of the Government of Monaco and the French Embassy in Burkina Faso, the first phase of the project, which consisted of rehabilitating the premises as well as building and fitting out a pharmaceutical warehouse, has been completed in accordance with the Burkina Faso standards in force.

The rehabilited centre is operational and accessible

The community clinic and laboratory are in the process of being fitted out: medical devices for the first, devices, consumables and reagents for the second, not forgetting the emergency and first aid equipment (part of which was provided by the Hospital of Monaco). Everything needed to care for the 30,000 people who directly depend on the establishment, at a minimal cost, since a consultation with a doctor costs only one Euro fifty.

We are still looking for 25,000 € to be able to see this project through to completion. With this amount, the staff can be given training in first aid, patient admission and care, as well as laboratory or computer techniques and stock management. Finally, the centre will also benefit from a final budget to ensure its visibility and restore trust in patients. Enough to activate an income-generating cycle to enable it to become quickly independent…

The need for long-term support

We are committed to improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable people in the world on a sustainable basis. By means of projects involving the local communities, in partnership with the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the field, auxiliaries to the public authorities, we have been implementing our expertise in primary care, health, food security and education since 2007.

These efforts require a significant financial contribution : we are actively seeking private donors and companies willing to invest in these solidarity projects. If you are interested in social responsibility or if you simply would like to find out more, please contact the international humanitarian section :

via email : inter@croix-rouge.mc or by telephone: +377 97 97 68 05.

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