Burkina Faso Medical Travel Information

Medical Facilities and Health Information Medical facilities and emergency hospital care are very limited and of poor quality, particularly in areas outside of Ouagadougou. Emergency response services, such as ambulances, are in very short supply, poorly equipped, and in many regions simply nonexistent.

Some medicines are available through local pharmacies, though supplies can be limited and quality is inconsistent. Travelers requiring specific medicines should bring an adequate supply for the duration of their stay in Burkina Faso.

Malaria is a serious risk to travelers in Burkina Faso and can be fatal. Current medications recommended for malaria prophylaxis include Lariam (Mefloquin), Malarone (Atovaguone/Proguanil) and Doxcycline. Travelers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area and up to one year after returning home should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what anti-malarial drugs they have been taking. For additional information on malaria, including protective measures, please visit the CDC’s website.

There are vaccines not routinely given in the United States that are strongly advised before traveling to Burkina Faso. Meningitis and Yellow Fever are endemic in Burkina Faso, and cases are most frequent during the drier, dustier months of January through June. Travelers should confirm their meningitis inoculation is up to date. Tuberculosis remains a considerable health concern in Burkina Faso.
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 75.8%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 18.3%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 97.5%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 1.2%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population .4
People Living with HIV/AIDS 110,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .05
Diseases - note highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in this country; it poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases possible among US citizens who have close contact with birds
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 81.4%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 50.4%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 6.7%
Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk very high
Animal Contact Disease (s) rabies
Food or Waterborne Disease (s) bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
Respiratory disease (s) meningococcal meningitis
Vectorborne Disease (s) dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever
Water contact disease (s) schistosomiasis

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