Burkina Faso

Since 2009, Burkina Faso has been one of the leaders of RESAOLAB (West African Network of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories) and greatly contributed to its success. We have worked with the Ministry of Health in the quality assessment of over 100 laboratories to improve the quality of diagnostic services.

Overview

  • Mérieux Foundation office: 1 Burkinabe employee
  • RESAOLAB network member since 2009

Situation

RESAOLAB program actions

Burkina Faso is one of the 7 members of the RESAOLAB network of West African laboratories created by the Mérieux Foundation and the ministries of health of participating countries. As part of this network, Burkina Faso participates annually in training, laboratory supervision, quality assurance and external quality assessment.

Since 2009, several projects have been funded by the Mérieux Foundation and its partners, including the Agence Française de Développement, to provide the country with suitable training structures: the creation in 2013 of the Continuing Training Center and the External Quality Assessment Unit in Ouagadougou (within the General Directorate of Pharmacy, Drugs and Laboratories), renovation of three continuing training centers in 2014 (in Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouahigouya and Fada N’Gourma), restoration of the laboratory and practical work rooms of the Pharmacy Faculty in Ouagadougou in 2014 with the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux.

Because of this infrastructure, Burkina Faso hosts a range of training (Quality Control, laboratory management, etc.) and conferences linked to the activities of RESAOLAB and WARDS (West African Regional Disease Surveillance network).

In total, 121 Burkinabe medical analysis laboratories are under supervision and progressively integrated into the external quality assessment program launched by our foundation.

Burkina Faso is also one of the countries which has received scholarships for the BAMS course (Bachelor in Applied Medical Biology) held in Mali.

Access to diagnosis

In Burkina Faso, we participate in the SOCIALAB study, an academic research project piloted by the AIGHD (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development) in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. It aims to identify the social, cultural, historical and political barriers which affect diagnostic services and to measure their impact on the quality of prenatal care in sub-Saharan Africa.

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