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Country Profile: Burkina Faso
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AIDS Programmes

National Strategic Framework: 2006-2011; see also 2001-2005


Assessment of overall response and capacity

Burkina Faso has demonstrated a high level of political commitment to scaling up care and treatment for HIV/AIDS. Four consecutive short- and medium-term HIV/AIDS plans were developed and implemented from 1987 to 2000.

The National AIDS Council, established under the Office of the President, is responsible for implementing activities and coordinating the multi-sectoral response and is supported by decentralized committees at the provincial and district levels. The government has committed increasing resources over the years to fight the epidemic, complemented by funding from local authorities, partners (multilateral, bilateral, nongovernmental organisations and associations), employers and communities. Financial management systems are well developed. A national solidarity fund for people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS orphans was established in 1998. Health personnel are being trained to deliver antiretroviral therapy. By the end of 2005, more than 1000 health workers and more than 14,000 community supporters had been trained to deliver HIV/AIDS services in accordance with national standards.

Critical issues and major challenges

The human resource capacity of the health sector is limited, both in terms of numbers and skills, especially in delivering antiretroviral therapy. A comprehensive human resource plan needs to be developed. Procurement mechanisms are well organised, but clear criteria need to be established for forecasting requirements and distributing antiretroviral drugs. A limited number of sites provide treatment, and these are concentrated in hospitals in urban areas. Many nongovernmental organisations are supporting the delivery of antiretroviral therapy and providing psychosocial support to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. However, the capacity of the public health system is inadequate and access to referral services is limited. The cost of antiretroviral drugs makes them inaccessible to the vast majority of the population, which constitutes a major barrier to scaling up antiretroviral therapy. There are concerns about the lack of adequate funding to scale up the national antiretroviral therapy programme, which is hindering the implementation of free provision of antiretroviral therapy in the public sector. Mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation and surveillance of drug resistance need to be strengthened. Testing and counselling facilities need to be developed further. Stigma and discrimination are widespread.

Sources: UNAIDS, WHO

HIV/AIDS Organisations

  Ministry of Health
Contact person: Alain Bedoumma Ioda Tel: +226 50 32 41 60
+226 50 32 44 52
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso +226 50 32 63 40
  Fax: +226 50 31 70 24
What we do:

  Association Africaine de Solidarite
Contact person: Issoufou Tiendrebogo Tel: +226 31 01 47 / 70 21 21 50
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Fax: +226 50 33 50 88
What we do:

  Ensemble pour une Solidarite Therapeutique Hospitaliere en Reseau (Esther)
Contact person: Georges Ouedraogo, country coordinator Tel:
Location: Chu Yalgado
03 BP 7022
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
What we do: Supports ARV treatment along with the Red Cross, Me´decins Sans Frontie`res and the World Bank.

 Association Ammie
Contact person: Cécile Beloum Tel: +226 40 55 0924
Location: BP 320
Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 40 55 0199
What we do: Information communication and education; prevention; medical, psychological and practical support; care and home visits; hospital visits; voluntary and anonymous testing; training.

 Association Laafi La Viim (ALAVI)
Contact person: Laure Nikiema Tel: +226 50 36 9116
Location: 01 BP 4664
Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
What we do: Information; education; care and support of PWAs; advocacy; counseling.

 Association SOS SIDA/Jeunesse Mobile - Youth Organisation
Contact person: Michel Kabore Tel: +226 20 35 1645
Location: 01 BP 2162
Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
What we do:

 Centre de Coopération Internationale En Santé Et En Développement (CCISD)
Centre For International Cooperation In Health And Development
Contact person: Pierre Champagne, regional representative Projet SIDA 3 - Burkina Faso Tel: +226 50 31 3573
Location: 01 BP 6643
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 50 31 5945
What we do: Personnel training and STD control; ensuring access to essential drugs; supporting community organisations.

 Centre Muraz/OCCGE Groupe de recherche sur l’infection à VIH
Contact person: Nicolas Nagot Tel: +226 20 97 4100
Location: 01 BP 153
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 20 97 0457
What we do: Research; strengthening of anti-HIV activities; care of STDs; health promotion project targeting sex workers; prevention; clinical trials; training; epidemiology.

 Initiative Privée Et Communautaire Contre Le VIH/SIDA, Burkina Faso (IPC/BF)
Contact person:  Millogo B. Brice Tel: +226 50 38 1249
Location: 06 BP 10220
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
+226 50 38 0364/60
  Fax: +226 50 38 0366
What we do: Support to community-based organisations in the following fields: prevention; care and support to patients; community mobilisation for the support of orphans and vulnerable children.

 National Community Of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
Contact person: Martine Somda Tel: +226 20 98 1020
Location: c/o CRLAT
BP 382
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 20 98 2314
What we do: Networking organisation for positive women; advocacy; information exchange.

 Sante Pour Tous - Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
Contact person: Roch Zongo Tel: +226 50 32 4188
Location: BP 2320
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
What we do:

 APRODEC/CADI - HIV/AIDS Information Network
Contact person: Dr Sanou Zezouma Tel: +226 20 98 0303
Location: 02 BP 1855 - Bobo-Dioulasso +226 20 97 0855
What we do:

 Reseau Africaine De Personnes Positive (RAP+)
Contact person: Martine Somda Tel: +226 20 97 0517
Location: 01 BP 382
Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 20 97 0517
What we do: Regional network for people with HIV/AIDS; advocacy; information exchange; capacity building; health promotion.

 Responsabilité Espoir Vie Solidarité (REVS+)
(Association of people living with AIDS)
Contact person: Martine Somda Tel: +226 20 97 0517
Location: 01 BP 387
Bobo-Dioulasso 01, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 20 98 1020
What we do:

 Societe Tan Aliz SA
Contact person: Tel:
Location: Route de Kaya, avant la Zone Industrielle de Kossodo
01 BP 611
Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
What we do: Private company providing ARVs.

Contact person: Dr Fode Simaga, HIV/AIDS and human development sector advisor Tel: +226 50 30 18 16/17
Location: 01 B0x 575
Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
Fax: +226 50 30 18 14
What we do: Coordinator of the support programme to association - and community-based organization NGOs in the fight against AIDS (PAMAC).

 UNAIDS Country Co-ordinator
Contact person: Mamadou Sakho Lamine Tel: +226 50 306 762 Ext. 539
Location: Mobile: +226 76 623 779
  Fax: +226 50 310 872
What we do:

  UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS, chair
Contact person: Annalisa Conte Tel: +226 50 30 60 77
Location: 66 X AV. Georges Konseiga X
Av. De la résistance du 17 mai
01 BP 575 Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Mobile: +226 70 20 02 36
  Fax: +226 70 20 02 36
What we do:

 UNAIDS Regional Support Team for West and Central Africa
Contact person: Dr Meskerem Grunitzky Bekele, director Tel: +221 869 06 64
Location: P.O. Box 5748
Dakar, Senegal
Fax: +221 869 06 80
What we do:

Sources: - National literacy surveys
- The Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
- The World Bank
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Country Profiles
- United Nations Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 2005. “World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision.” New York.

Treatment Map

Adult HIV Prevalence Rate (%): 2%
No. Of People living with HIV/AIDS: 150,000
No. Of HIV Testing & Counseling Sites: 86 (58 in the public sector)
No. Of People in need of ART: 34,000
No. Of People 0-49 years On ART: 8,214
No. Of Sites Reportedly Distributing ART: 44 (21 public sector, 11 NGO, 2 faith-based and 1 private)
No. Of People on ART Public Sector: 500
No. Of People on ART Private Sector: n/a
No. Of People on ART in Non Governmental Programmes: n/a
No. Of People Expected to be on ART (2006 End): n/a
Front Line Drug Regimen: stavudine (or zidovudine) + lamivudine + nevirapine (or efavirenz)
*PMTCT Regimen: Nevirapine-based

HIV/AIDS Fund Disbursements:
Total Funds Disbursed By The Global Fund as of Sept. 2006: US$21,756,180
Total Funds Disbursed By The World Bank Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Programme (MAP) as of Sept. 2006: US$27 million
Total Funds Disbursed By PEPFAR distributed during 2005 fiscal year: nil


Demographics (United Nations Population Fund):
Population: 13,228,000
Population aged 15-59: 6,429,000
Urban population: 2,455,000

Under 5 mortality per 1000 births: 186
Male life expectancy: 47 years
Female life expectancy: 48 years
Combined average life expectancy: 47.5 years
Combined average life expectancy 1975-1980: 45.9 years

Education (UNESCO, 2004):
Males with secondary education as percentage of secondary school-age youths:
14% (2004 UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimate)
Females with secondary education as percentage of secondary school-age youths:
10% (2004 UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimate)

Literacy rates (UNESCO, 2004):
Percentage of literate males aged 15 or older: 18.5 percent
Percentage of literate females aged 15 or older: 8.1 percent
Combined literacy rate for aged 15 or older: 12.8 percent
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