With more than half the population living below the poverty line, Burkina Faso remains one of the world’s poorest countries. The range of health problems is typical of a country in deep poverty: malnutrition; lack of clean water and sanitation; and communicable diseases such as malaria, cholera, tuberculosis, measles and acute respiratory infections.
According to the African Development Fund, the health policy in Burkina Faso is based on strengthening primary health care as outlined in the Bamako Initiative (BI) and decentralizing the health system. A strong nursing association will be able to play a prominent role in health policy discussions, and strengthening nursing leadership at regional levels will support the nursing role in decentralized health systems management.
Association Professionnelle des Infirmiers/ères du Burkina (APIIB)
Established in 1960, APIIB has close to 400 members. It is one of CNA’s newest partners, having joined SNNNAP in 2008. Through CNA, the Nurses Association of New Brunswick has partnered with APIIB to provide technical assistance in areas related to association-building and leadership on an in-kind basis. This has been valuable support to APIIB as it rebuilds its association. With this support, APIIB has achieved a number of key results:
- established an association office;
- regional representatives of APIIB in the 13 administrative regions of Burkina Faso are in place; and
- increased visibility and collaboration with key health stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health.
Association Professionnelle des Infirmiers/ères du Burkina
Address: 09 BP 479 Ouagadougou 09
Tel: (+ 226) 50 474 166