CDC in Burkina Faso

Map of Burkina Faso

CDC began an ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Burkina Faso in 1991 to provide guidance for polio eradication. This cooperation has since expanded to include other important health issues. Most recently, CDC has focused on strengthening the country’s public health system by introducing and evaluating new vaccines, and continuing to work toward polio eradication and measles elimination.

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Burkina Faso at a Glance

Population: 18,450,000
Per capita income: $1,660
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 57/56 yrs
Under 5 mortality rate: 69/1,000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau, 2015: Burkina FasoExternal


Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: WHO Country Health Profile: Burkina FasoCdc-pdfExternal

  1. Lower Respiratory Infections 14%
  2. Malaria 10%
  3. Diarrheal disease 6%
  4. Stroke 6%
  5. Preterm Birth Complications 4%
  6. Ischaemic Heart Disease 4%
  7. Meningitis 4%
  8. Birth Asphyxia & Birth Trauma 4%
  9. Road Injury 3%
  10. HIV/AIDS 3%

What CDC Is Doing

  • Men Afri Vac

    Burkina Faso was the second country in the African region region to introduce Rotateq vaccine for Rotavirus.

  • 17 million doses of polio vaccine and 2.4 million doses of measles vaccine were given to children under 5 years old.
  • The last wild poliovirus case was detected in 2009.
  • More than 12 million people have been vaccinated against meningitis.

Polio and Measles

CDC provides technical support to Burkina Faso for polio eradication and measles elimination activities. In 2009 Burkina Faso experienced its largest measles outbreak on record with more than 50,000 reported cases. CDC provided assistance with the outbreak epidemiology and later helped to design and implement studies to investigate the risk factors associated with contracting measles during the outbreak. CDC has also offered to provide technical assistance for a November 2014 campaign in Burkina Faso to introduce combined measles-rubella vaccine.

Although wild poliovirus has not been detected in Burkina Faso since October 2009, the country is considered at moderate risk for polio based on immunization rates, surveillance, and proximity to countries with recent outbreaks (Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Niger). Burkina Faso continues to conduct preventive nationwide polio vaccination campaigns to maintain the immunity of its population under 5 years old. For recent nationwide polio vaccination campaigns, CDC provided assistance with the planning, implementation, and supervision of campaign activities.

Although CDC does not maintain an office in Burkina Faso, CDC employee Jim Ting is detailed to the immunization team in the WHO sub-regional office based in Ouagadougou and CDC funds a national surveillance officer through the WHO cooperative agreement (co-ag). In addition, STOP polio teams rotate through Burkina Faso regularly.

Rotavirus Surveillance

CDC works collaboratively with the MoH and WHO to support the development and implementation of hospital-based sentinel site surveillance in Burkina Faso for rotavirus. Since December 2013, Burkina Faso has intensified efforts to implement rotavirus surveillance. Four surveillance sites are now functioning and enrolling patients.


CDC’s Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB) collaborates with the MoH and partners on strengthening capacities for meningitis surveillance, vaccine effectiveness and impact evaluation. In addition to approximately $200,000 provided annually to the MoH via a DLM-MoH/CDC memorandum of agreement, funds are available from the CDC/WHO regional co-ag to support meningitis activities in Burkina Faso. In addition, CDC provides equipment and consumables to the national laboratory.

In 2010, a new meningococcal serogroup A conjugate vaccine (MenAfriVac), was introduced countrywide targeting more than 11 million people 1 to 29 years old. Surveillance data from Burkina Faso demonstrated a substantial immediate impact on the disease with no cases of serogroup A meningococcal meningitis occurring among vaccinated people in Burkina Faso. However, further data are required to assess MenAfriVac’s long-term impact and to evaluate the need for and effectiveness of future vaccines. MVPDB is committed to continued collaboration with Burkina Faso in building and sustaining capacity for disease surveillance. MenAfriNet is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to evaluate the impact of MenAfriVac throughout Africa’s meningitis belt, including Burkina Faso. Future plans for Burkina Faso include implementation of MenAfriNet, to guide research on new vaccines and strategies to optimize the impact of existing vaccines.

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine was introduced in Burkina Faso in 2013 to prevent meningitis. CDC is supporting ongoing studies evaluating the effectiveness of the vaccine and implementation of a laboratory assay used to serotype Streptococcus pneumonia.

West Africa Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (WAFELTP)

In collaboration with the MoH of the eight French-speaking countries of West Africa and the University of Ouagadougou, CDC, through funding from the World Bank, is planning to re-launch and expand the West Africa Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (WAFELTP), which began in 2010. This regional FELTP based in Ouagadougou will enroll residents from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The two-year training and service program is modeled after CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service , is designed for health professionals in entry- or mid-level positions, and is intended to build their capacity in applied epidemiology, surveillance, and enhanced public health practice. The World Bank, via WHO and the CDC Foundation, has provided $2.5 million for a period of three years for the WAFELTP. During the project period–ending December 2017–the program is expected to enroll two cohorts of 15 residents each.

CDC is working with Burkina Faso to improve their ability to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats. This work helps meet the U.S. commitment to assist at least 31 countries in reaching the targets outlined in the Global Health Security Agenda. CDC’s extensive global health presence and experience are critical to achieving these targets.

Page last reviewed: April 19, 2016
Content source: Global Health