Ouagadougou - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

GI issues, malaria, dengue are very common. Medical care is not of great quality. There are a couple of private clinics that can treat minor illnesses quite well. Anything serious will require a medevac. - Jun 2020

Burkina Faso is a malaria and dengue fever zone. Zika has also become a concern. Many people complained of gastrointestinal issues, to inclue nausea, diarrhea, etc. Quality medical care is almost non-existent in the country. Embassy personnel are medevaced quite frequently even for items such as routine dental care. - Oct 2019

Malaria and dengue fever. Use your insect repellant. A lot of complaints of stomach problems. The quality of care available locally is poor. The embassy medevacs for all but the most minor ailments. The medevac point is London. - Jul 2019

Malaria and dengue fever are endemic to Burkina Faso. Many people suffer gastrointestinal problems. The medical care available to the local populous is very poor. There is a well-equipped, well-staffed health unit at the embassy for diplomats and families. Diplomats and family members are medevaced for all but the most minor injuries and illnesses. The medevac point is London. - Jul 2019

Malaria and dengue, diarrheal diseases. Basic care at the embassy is very good in our experience (local doctor and American nurse practitioner). You can also get basic radiology testing, blood work, and dental care done here. There are several clinics that can provide urgent care on the weekends. However, more serious health problems would require a medevac or waiting until you return home for leave. Emergency care is not reliable here. - Dec 2017

Malaria, malaria, malaria. It's real, and people at the Embassy have contracted it when not regularly taking meds. Medical care here is pretty spartan, with a few bright spots. Any major issue will involve a medevac to London, which is a 10-hour transit time. We've been pleasantly surprised with basic care. The Embassy med unit has a full-time American nurse and Burkinabe doctor. The French medical clinic (Centre Medical International) has a handful of doctors fluent in English who have been quite helpful. We were sent for an ultrasound (non-pregnancy-related) at one point, and were pleasantly surprised that the equipment seemed modern and technician seemed well-trained. But don't let that give you false confidence. In a pinch, it'll do. But the overall quality of care here is sub-standard. - May 2016

Malaria and food/water borne diseases are common. Medical care is really lacking, though the Embassy has a health unit staffed with an American nurse, a local nurse and a local doctor. People medevac to London for anything remotely serious. - Aug 2015

Malaria is very common, but with early treatment local care is available. Tertiary care is not great here; most folks go to Europe for any serious problems, if they can afford it. - Jun 2015

Malaria is the largest health issue. Take your meds. Health care is poor on the economy. No real emergency services. - Jul 2013

Malaria and food-borne illnesses. The Health Unit is pretty good, but for anything major you'll be heading to Europe. Care in town is not hygienic. Some have found a local dentist, but should be used for nothing more than cleanings. - Jul 2013

Malaria is the biggie. - Apr 2013

Yes, lots of health concerns. Everything from respiratory problems to frequent stomach and intestinal problems due to the food, malaria, infections, etc. Local medical care is really poor, and you should definitely leave for Europe for better care for anything serious. However, if you're an Embassy employee, the Health Unit is very helpful. - Nov 2012

The embassy has a nurse and a doctor, but neither is US-trained. The Japanese embassy has a doctor, and there is a military doctor here from time to time. - Aug 2010

Medical care is okay. The Embassy has a nurse and local doctor. Many expats have had children here and some minor surgeries like appendicitis, etc. But it's not recommended. Malaria and stomach problems are de rigeur and should be treated immediately. - Jul 2008

Parasites and malaria. You really have to be careful of the water-borne illnesses. Good quality medical care is available, just not the standard you are used to in the U.S. or Europe. - Jun 2008


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