Posted by: ihfgeneva | February 14, 2014

IHF participates to activities in support of hospitals in Burkina Faso


Invited by Taiwan Embassy for the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso, Eric de Roodenbeke, CEO of the IHF participated to an assessment of the activities of the National Hospital Blaise Compaoré and to make a presentation on challenges for healthcare management in an area of IT development. He was along with the Heng-Chang Chen, superintendent from Puli Christian Hospital and Wen-Hsin Chang vice superintendent from Mackay memorial hospital.

The IHF was commissioned in 2009 by Taiwan to assess the project for the National Hospital Blaise Compaoré. This assessment was concluded by a report indicating steps for a successful opening of this facility.  View the project

Coming back after four years it was possible to witness the major developments for this hospital. Although not yet fully opened, this facility is offering a solid platform for cost effective referral care.

The current challenge is overall utilization that is still far below the capacity of the hospital, and shortcomings in mobilization of the adequate clinical capacities to make the best use of the equipment. The long term sustainability supported by adequate funding is also a pending challenge.

Absence of a comprehensive development plan for public healthcare in Ouagadougou and the existence of a very dynamic private sector are two major factors explaining this situation. To fully utilize the Blaise Compaoré National Hospital, the authorities will have to take some steps to better rationalize distribution of care between all the public hospitals in OUAGADOUGOU and to develop stronger cooperation with the private sector while considering also more flexibility for the public sector to be more attractive for the most qualified clinicians.

As part of its support to development of this hospital, the Taiwanese cooperation has funded the implementation of process development and computerization of key operating functions for management, ancillary and clinical activities. All this has been possible thanks to a transfer of know-how from Puli Hospital. The whole system is at an early stage but it shows a lot of promises. This is an example of cooperation based on hospital partnership approach. The most advanced hospital share for free its software and helps its customization to the local context.





During this stay in Burkina, a conference was organized to introduce some critical ideas on enhancing management of hospitals and developing competencies of healthcare managers. There are major opportunities forward with development of IT, once internet connectivity will reach sufficient broadband. However the IT will not substitute for the need of sound management practices and highly qualified managers.


An initial discussion was also engaged with M Alexandre Sanfo, the CEO of Blaise Compaoré National Hospital on the opportunity for creating in Burkina a national hospital association. There is a momentum to be sized and potential support to leverage on. If this idea is to be taken ahead by the key national stakeholders, the IHF would be supporting such a development and would welcome what could be the first national association from West Africa to join the international healthcare community.



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