Universal health insurance in Burkina: DIAKONIA discusses with its partners for better implementation

The NGO DIAKONIA is organizing, from May 10 to 12, 2022 in Bobo-Dioulasso, a stakeholder discussion workshop on the implementation of RAMU (Universal Health Insurance Scheme) in the pilot regions.

The objectives of this workshop are to provide a consultation framework for all actors involved in the implementation of UHI (Universal Health Insurance), to facilitate synergy and coordination of actions between stakeholders, to share good approaches, challenges and perspectives in the implementation of the AMU policy and to justify corrective actions to the dysfunctions recorded in the implementation of the AMU.

An inventory of OGD management (delegated management body) will be made; difficulties and solutions provided, an inventory of mutual management, COGES (Management Committee) and CNAMU (National Fund for Universal Health Insurance), sharing of experiences, etc.

Hamadou Kobanka, representative of the Minister of Public Service, Labor and Social Protection

The participants are representatives of the partner organizations of the Program for Strengthening Citizen Engagement and the Accountability of Governors in the Implementation of the Universal Health Insurance (AMU) Policy in Burkina Faso and the stakeholders involved.

Burkina Faso has in fact shown its desire to provide the population with universal health coverage. Thus, the access of all to health has been recognized by the constitution in its articles 16 and 28 as being social rights to be promoted.

To do this, strong actions have been taken such as the adoption of Law No. 060-2015/CNT of September 5, 2015 on the universal health insurance scheme in Burkina Faso.

However, the operationalization of this policy planned to start in 2018 could not be effective until 2020 with the phase of care for indigent people in the four pilot regions, namely the North, the Center, the Boucle du Mouhoun , and the Hauts-Bassins.

The participants

It is in its role of supporting the government through its interventions, particularly in universal health, that DIAKONIA and its partners ASES, ASMAD, SOSJD and RAME have implemented since January 2020, the “Programme to strengthen citizen engagement and the responsibility of governments in the implementation of the universal health insurance policy in Burkina Faso” with a view to contributing to a fair and sustainable implementation of this policy.

As Hamadou Kobanka, representative of the Minister of the Civil Service, Labor and Social Protection, points out, DIAKONIA plays a role of citizen watch at the limit as a plea to the government so that it does not leave certain policies on hold. . Their interpellation therefore leads the government to remain vigilant on these issues and thereby revitalizes the State structures in their actions.

Family photo

According to Nadine Bonkoungou/Koné Country Director of DIAKONIA in Burkina, the mid-term review of their program is very satisfactory because their objective, which was to support implementation, identify areas for improvement and return to authority are satisfactory. They have therefore been able to achieve these objectives so far by bringing up everything they have been able to identify in the field as a point to be corrected. She also considers the collaboration with the authorities to be satisfactory because each time they are questioned, an adequate response has been given.

Nadine Bonkoungou/Koné country director of DIAKONIA in Burkina

Started in January 2020, the Program ends at the end of December 2022 for the pilot phase. However, the country director of DIAKONIA in Burkina underlines that they are in negotiation with their partners to continue the work because it is a pilot phase and that they have reaped good results while hoping to extend it over the years to come. come and possibly on other areas.

Moreover, she remains hopeful that by continuing to work hand in hand with the various actors, they will successfully implement the universal health insurance policy, and be able to extend it to other areas and other target populations.

Haoua Toure


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