Burkina Faso’s free healthcare for women and children under five
This articles explores the key lessons learnt for evidence-informed decision-making from the government of Burkina Faso’s decision in 2016 to provide free healthcare for children under five and women.
In March 2016, the then newly elected government of Burkina Faso decided to abolish direct payment for healthcare for women and children under five. The process leading up to the implementation of this policy had begun in 2008, and involved a complex mixture of pilot projects and analysis. This article describes the underlying political process that drove and ensured this policy paradigm shift, and identifies key lessons for evidence-informed decision-making.
By: Gino D'Oca, Palgrave Macmillan