We believe that developing the health human resource is of fundamental importance for the long term expansion and sustainability of healthcare in Burkina Faso.

There is a deep healthcare crisis in Burkina Faso as a result of under-investment in the training of medical professionals.

  • 1 nurse per 2,000 people (UK: 17)
  • 1 doctor per 20,000 people  (UK: 57)
  • 1 pharmacy worker per 50,000 people (UK: 40)
  • 1 dentist per 500,000 (UK: 269)

Sources:  World Bank & World Health Organisation

Our response has been to establish a scholarship program that identifies graduate doctors, sponsors them through their chosen specialisation in regional universities or medical schools and then requires that they work a minimum of 5 years with us in the Eureka Polyclinic.

The scholarships typically are for 4 years and have a cost of between €25,000 - €30,000. 6 scholarships have been awarded since 2013 (see below) and we are targeting a further 10 awards over the next 3 years.


 

CARDIOLOGIST: CARINE BOUDA

I obtained my Doctorate in Medicine from the Institute of Higher Learning of Sciences and Health in Bobo Dioulasso in 2013 and it was during my doctorate that I became increasingly aware of the growing incidence of cardiovascular disease in Burkina Faso. And yet the human resource remains inadequate; in Bobo Dioulasso for example there are only 5 cardiologists for 700,000 people. For this reason I applied for the scholarship from the Burkina Health Foundation and since 2014 I have been specialising in cardiology at the University of Ouagadougou.

PEDIATRICIAN: YEM NAMOANO

I obtained my Doctorate in 2012 from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Souru Sanou in Bobo Dioulasso and since 2013 have been specialising in paediatrics under a scholarship program offered by the Burkina Health Foundation. This is a 4 year program at the University of Ouagadougou at which point I will then start full time work at the Eureka Polyclinic where I am already helping out when I can.

OPTICIAN: SOULIMAILA COULIBALY

I finished school in 2014 and studied biology at the University of Bobo Dioulasso for a year in order to get a basic medical grounding ahead of deciding to pursue studies in optometry. I am now studying optometry at the Institut d’Ophtalmologie Tropicale d’Afrique in Bamako, Mali under a Burkina Health Foundation scholarship program.  This is the best eye school in the whole of West Africa and will give me a real skill to take back to Burkina Faso when I qualify and where there is real need.

OPTHALMOLOGIST: PRISCA ILBOUDO

I obtained my Doctorate in Medicine from the Institute of Higher Learning of Sciences and Health in Bobo Dioulasso in 2013. Since 2015, I have been specializing in ophthalmology under a scholarship program offered by the Burkina Health Foundation. This is a 4 years program at the University of Ouagadougou at which point I will then start full time work at the Eureka Polyclinic.

There are currently only 3 permanent ophthalmologists in the hospital in Bobo Dioulasso and 1 in a private structure serving a population of 700,000 in the city.