A new dawn for public hospital services in Burkina Faso as government signs agreement with health sector workers

09 February 2018
The protracted dream of Public Hospital Service reform in Burkina Faso, that will ensure improved funding of the system and enhanced remuneration of health workers, is soon becoming a reality.

This follows a common ground agreement reached on 31 January 2018 by workers in the public sector with government, represented by Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, which will allow for the implementation of an enhanced and systemic Public Hospital Service scheme.

The meeting, which took place in Ouagadougou, is to help operationalize new measures, which, according to Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, reflects the willingness of the Burkinabe government to provide quality public healthcare to its people. 

“This agreement is a balanced agreement that will motivate the staff involved and thus provide quality care. The government is delighted with this agreement which will bring serenity and motivation to the health staff.”

The Prime Minister added, “The ambition is to continue, through social dialogue, to ensure that the social partners meet to find a compromise, in the interests of Burkina Faso.”

Health unions present at the signing included, the two PSI affiliates the Syndicat des Sages-femmes, Maïeuticiens d’Etat et des Accoucheuses du Burkina (SYSFMAB) and the Fédération des Services Publics du Burkina (FSPB), the Syndicat National des Médecins du Burkina (SNMB) and the Syndicat des travailleurs de la santé humaine et animale (SYNTSHA). They expressed great satisfaction at the outcome, being positive that this is the beginning of great things to happen in the Burkinabe health sector.

“This is a great day for the people of Burkina Faso because this reform will make all the hospitals viable. We want to urge the government to implement this reform well,” said Dr. Alfred Ouedraogo, General Secretary of SNMB.

According to him, the operationalization of the Public Hospital Service Scheme was a campaign promise of the country’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, in 2015 and it is such a great relief that it is finally seeing the light of day.

This agreement, which covers the salary scales and indemnity gates of the hospital public service, will be retroactive from 1 January 2018. In terms of the salary scale, there is an increase of 20% spread in two instalments for payment: a first in 2018 and the second in 2019. The same is to apply to the indemnity grid as well i.e. a first installment in 2018 and the other in 2019.

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