Corona virus and healthcare 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 60.4 years for men and 61.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 11.5 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Burkina Faso

The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By July 5th, 2020, 987 infected persons and 53 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 10th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on April 5th with 43 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Burkina Faso
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Burkina Faso

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Burkina Faso results in a mortality rate of 5.4%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 941 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Burkina Faso a new mortality rate of 5.6%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sun 5th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Sat 4th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Fri 3rd7+0.7%0+0.0%
Thu 2nd18+1.9%0+0.0%
Wed 1st0+0.0%0+0.0%
Tue 30th3+0.3%0+0.0%
Mon 29th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Sun 28th18+1.9%0+0.0%
Sat 27th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Fri 26th0+0.0%0+0.0%

Weight and size

Body height171 cm161 cm
Weight64.9 kg57.3 kg


Burkina FasoØ worldwide
Diabetes *7.30%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.02%0.04%

* 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%8.59%

* DTP is a three times 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, 12.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
13 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Medical 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 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 1,190 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 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 22 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


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