Project supporting health development within the Oueguedo municipality

Many regions in Burkina Faso need to strengthen their healthcare provision, particularly their community healthcare services. The department of Tenkodogo is the focal point for the PADESCO project. 


Burkina Faso is a Sahelian country in a situation of permanent vulnerability. It was still ranked 185 out of 188 in the 2016 Human Development Report with a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.402. The country is marked by extreme poverty accentuated by recurrent food and nutrition crises. In recent years, the phenomenon of climate change has led to irregular rainfall, resulting in cyclical droughts and floods.

Security problems have added a layer of complexity to this very precarious situation and have contributed to a humanitarian crisis experienced by a large part of the population. Increasing attacks have forced some communities to move, leading to even greater economic insecurity. As of 22 April 2020, there were 850,000 internally displaced people.

This situation was compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, COVID-19 cases seem to be on the rise through community transmission. Due to a lack of resources, preventive actions have temporarily been redirected towards the pandemic. This has unfortunately impacted malaria prevention campaigns, along with childhood immunisation and the distribution of treated mosquito nets. There is therefore fear regarding the collateral effects of the pandemic and, more generally, a weakening of the country’s health structures.


Intervention area

Oueguedo is a municipality located in the Tenkodogo department of the Boulgou province in the east-central region of Burkina Faso.



  • To respond to the main health problems of users in Tenkodogo
  • To ensure the sustainability of the local health system and its resilience in the face of security crises (influx of internally displaced people) and health crises (COVID, among others)
  • To contribute to the improvement of the different elements in the health system in the town of Oueguedo, through collective intelligence experiences.


  • Diagnosing the socio-sanitary and organisational situation and of the health area
  • Developing a participatory action plan for the Health Management Committee (COGES) and the Health and Social Promotion Centre (CSPS)
  • Upgrading the technical facilities (equipment required for frontline health workers)
  • Skill-building for staff
  • Implementing awareness campaigns for the population regarding preventive measures in the fields of health, nutrition, communicable diseases, vaccinations, etc.
  • Implementing micro projects in synergy with professors and students from Joseph Ki-Zerbo University (in Ouagadougou).


Improvement in:

  • CSPS attendance rate (children, women, men)
  • Level of patient satisfaction
  • Quality of care
  • Availability of health personnel
  • Number/rate of deaths
  • Number of patients referred
  • Number of hospitalisations
  •  Number/rate of malaria cases
  • Number/rate of children vaccinated (age and sex)
  • Number of malnourished children treatedNumber of vulnerable people who received care
  • Number of women following up (pregnancy/child)


  • The Health Management Committee (COGES)
  • The Centre for Health and Social Promotion (CSPS)
  • Joseph Ki-Zerbo University (Ouaga 1) and School of Public Health
  • Free University of Brussels
  • Enabel in Burkina Faso


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