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Households are the main source of health care financing in Burkina Faso. The current system based on out-of-pocket health payments is a major cause of poverty. The purpose of this study was to contribute to the improvement of local health funding in Loumbila and throughout the country. A descriptive and analytical study was conducted among 271 household heads, 3 health committee members, the prefet (the top state official in the area), and the secretary general of the municipality between 25 June and 5 August 2010. A survey guide and questionnaires were used to collect data. The standard public health survey method was used to collect, process, analyze and discuss the results. The results of the survey indicate that 82.3% of the participating households were willing to contribute to the creation of a local health fund in the village. The study found that the average contribution rate of each household amounted to 9% of their annual income. The best periods for collecting funds are during the harvest season (in the case of farmers) or any favorable period (in the case of other households). The municipal committee will need to be responsible for managing and coordinating the municipal health fund. This requires the participation of the state, health districts, NGOs and other partners. The cost of effective treatment for the top ten priority diseases in the village in 2010 is estimated to be 4,011,300 FCFA. If all the households in the village were to contribute to the municipal health fund, the total amount of contributions would amount to 15,575,515 FCFA. Under this system, all households within the village can have access to essential drugs. The municipal health fund can also support municipal development boards to improve the independence and sustainability of the system.


Hamado Saouadogo, Koffi Miwonovi Amoussou, Laurent Ouedraogo. A survey of sustainable funding mechanisms for essential drugs in Loumbila, Burkina Faso]. Santé publique (Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France). 2012 Jul-Aug;24(4):365-77

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