Examining effects of user fee abolishment for women and children in Burkina Faso
In April 2016, Burkina Faso became the first African country to introduce a national policy for universal and free healthcare for pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five. However, maternal and child mortality rates in the country remain unacceptably high, and maternal and child healthcare services in many parts of the country remain limited in coverage and quality.
This project examines how this policy is being implemented in different districts and provides grounded recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of, and adherence to, the policy. Specifically, the project will analyze existing health information system data and related data collection practices to optimize how the policy is being monitored and evaluated; identify and investigate causes for variations in costing within and among districts; and evaluate the effects of the policy on women’s ability to make decisions related to their sexual and reproductive health, including family planning. It is expected to support current efforts to examine and scale up innovative health interventions in Mali and Burkina Faso. This will provide relevant and useful information for decision-makers at national and local levels to maximize gains in positive health outcomes and reduce economic and other inefficiencies.
This project is funded by the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program. It is a seven-year $36 million initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada, IDRC, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.