Burkina Faso

Total Population: 18 million (mid-2013)1
GDP per capita (PPP International $): $1,3002
Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2011): 812

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, bordered by six countries: Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. It gained independence from France in 1960, and is home to some 63 ethnic groups.

Implementing Partner in-Country:

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Yalgado (Service de médecine interne, unité de prise en charge du diabete)

International Supporters:

Santé Diabète

Life for a Child Support

Commenced 2013.

Twenty children and youth with type 1 diabetes (median age 14 years), living in and around the capital Ouagadougou, receive care via CHU – led by the highly respected Professor Y Joseph Drabo and assisted by Santé Diabète. People with diabetes and their families must pay for all essential supplies themselves, so LFAC is coordinating with CHU to provide insulin, self blood glucose monitoring equipment (meters, strips, lancets), and diabetes education materials in French. Funds for local purchase of a dedicated insulin fridge have also been supplied.

Sources:

1. www.prb.org/publications (Population Reference Bureau)
2. http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.country (World Health Organisation)