Burkina Faso

Strengthening Health Services to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Government Contact

Nadine Tamboura

Technical Secretary - Cooperation, Burkina Faso

The Challenge

Burkina Faso has experienced positive health outcomes over the past two decades. Coverage of essential services has improved, including significant gains in children’s immunization and births delivered in health care facilities. Despite progress made, Burkina Faso still faces many challenges in access to essential health care services due to persisting health systems and demographic issues. To address these challenges, the government has committed to increasing its spending on health from 11% to 15% and has deployed more than 17,000 community health workers nationwide.

The GFF Partnership Response

The GFF partnership supports the government of Burkina Faso to improve equitable access and utilization of an integrated package of high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) interventions, strengthen human resource availability and infrastructure, equipment, and commodities as well as improve health system governance, including financing, civil registration, information systems, and multisectoral coordination. The GFF is co-financing a US$20 million grant for the World Bank Health Services Reinforcement Project, help improve the quality and utilization of health services with a focus on& RMNCAH-N and disease surveillance.


The government of Burkina Faso is currently refining its investment ase to include community health and immunization and a strengthened focus on results. Dialogue between the government and development partners is focusing on tackling challenges associated with security, health system resilience and health insurance for the most vulnerable population to reach universal health coverage. The GFF is supporting a study on family planning and quality of care that is being carried out jointly with Population Council, Thinkwell and local research team. The GFF has contributed funding for the General Population and Housing Census dedicated to data collection and analysis as the backbone of the Statistical Information System in the country. This will provide data on the population’s spatial distribution, characteristics and composition and enable better targeting of health financing and service delivery interventions.