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A New Maternity Unit in Bobo Dioulasso

A New Maternity Unit in Bobo Dioulasso

The miracle of life is a blessing that all families should celebrate.

But treacherous roads, long distances and high costs of health care all contribute to the risks of giving birth. For many parents in Burkina Faso, the challenges of receiving medical care are huge.  With a lack of facilities many women opt for a home birth but with no assistance from medical professionals and often unsanitary conditions; home births are one of the leading causes of child mortality and women dying from postnatal complications in Burkina Faso.

Building a new medical centre and maternity ward

To address this challenge, International Needs built a health centre in 2009. Since then this facility has supported thousands of individuals with healthcare. In 2017 it received over 27,000 attendees. Following rapidly increasing demand for maternity services, in 2015, we began a project to build a new seven-bed maternity ward to offer maternity care for families in Bobo Dioulasso. With the help of our generous supporters, we were able to raise over £100,000 to build and equip a new maternity centre.

The opening ceremony at the new maternity unit (2017)


The new maternity unit officially opened in February 2017, and as of November 2018 it has provided over 11,000 attendees with maternity care and over 1,200 babies have been delivered.


Meet Aminta

Aminta and her baby boy.

Aminta was one of the first women to give birth at the maternity unit opened by International Needs in Burkina Faso in 2017. Aminta surprised staff at the maternity centre as she arrived alone on a motorbike, unsure whether she was in labour. When she was attended to, staff found that she was already in established labour and she delivered a healthy baby boy just two hours later.


What your support can do:

By supporting our Health Projects you ensure that the maternity centre can continue to provide valuable care to the communities of Bobo Dioulasso. Funding goes toward supporting training for medical staff, providing medical equipment, medicine and supporting the medical centres to become increasingly self-sufficient.

In 2017 a generous donor supported the medical and maternity units to install new solar panels. This has dramatically reduced electricity costs by 75% meaning the centre can now invest in more equipment and medicines for treating patients.

If you would like to support projects like this, why not join the International Needs Family and support our health projects? 


latest news

February 16th, 2021

Hope Through Healthcare

A Terrible Dilemma

According to the World Health Organisation, half of the world’s population are still unable to readily access essential health services. For up to 100 million people, the cost of basic healthcare puts their family at material risk of being pushed into extreme poverty. It is hard to fathom the personal tragedy of having to choose between buying food and life-saving medicine for your child. It is harder still to grasp the vast scale of how many families have to face this dilemma, year after year.

The pandemic has thrown the disparity in global healthcare provision into sharp relief. Health systems in developing countries remain fragile and an area for grave concern. Thankfully, Africa’s very young population and relatively strict lockdown responses appear to have prevented high mortality rates. At present, other deadly endemic diseases such as malaria and typhoid continue to pose the most urgent threat to life for many. Providing access to affordable testing and treatment facilities remains a top priority – both for saving lives and preventing further collapse into poverty.

Hope through Healthcare

The St Ophel centre in Burkina Faso was set up specifically in response to the exponential population growth in Bobo-Dioulasso. Our IN partners realised that many poor people were simply not able to afford to use existing over-stretched clinics in the area. The medical centre has grown and made significant steps towards improving patient care and sustainability. The centre now has a thriving maternity unit, pharmacy and dispensary equipped to treat a wide range of common illnesses. Malaria typically accounts for over half of all patients.

Urgent Appeal – Medical Equipment for Burkina Faso

Over the last five years the St Ophel laboratory has been able to screen over 50,000 patients for various diseases. Unfortunately, the core testing equipment is now at the end of its lifespan and no longer able to give reliable results.

We need to raise £30,000 to replace the microscope, haematology analyser and bio-chemistry analyser in order to restore the essential diagnostic capacity of the centre. The urgent appeal will also enable us to help them acquire an ambulance vehicle to transfer critical patients to the district hospital. Anything raised over and above the target will go towards resourcing the centre with further provision of PPE.

We’d love to invite you to consider giving towards this urgent appeal so that INBF can continue to provide families with excellent, affordable and life-saving treatment.

Donate online HERE

If you’d like more information, please get in touch with Rich at

Virtual Tour of the Burkina Faso Medical Centre – 25th Feb

Join us on 25th Feb at 3PM  for a virtual tour of the Medical Centre in Burkina Faso. We will hear directly from the doctors and medical staff and a great chance to ask any questions. Sign up HERE.

March 8th, 2017

YOU DID IT – a new maternity unit in Bobo!

Thank you to everyone who has been partnering with us on this project, we are finally finished and the maternity unit is open for use. Young families, mothers and babies will experience a health centre that offers all the support required for antenatal and postnatal care as well as a safe place for delivery. With over £100,000 raised, we finally Read more