Public health and Covid-19 in Burkina Faso

Healthcare in Burkina Faso

Healthcare in Burkina Faso is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in Burkina Faso is 57.8 years for men and 61.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 12.7 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 42.34 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 5.5 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

Since the beginning of the pandemic until March 22nd, 2023, a total of 22,056 infected people and 396 deaths have been reported in Burkina Faso.

The total of 22,056 infected people currently represents 0.11 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 5.86 million vaccine doses have been administered as of February 19th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 4.53 million people who have received at least one vaccination (21.7 percent).

3.50 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Burkina Faso (= 16.8 percent).
This means that Burkina Faso is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 213 countries.

Weight and size

Body height170 cm161 cm
Weight64.4 kg57.2 kg


Burkina FasoØ worldwide
Diabetes *7.30%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

Burkina FasoØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.10%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Burkina Faso, 14.3 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 13 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Burkina FasoMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Burkina Faso is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.4 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 1,330 physicians in Burkina Faso, there are about 0.06 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 24 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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