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Burkina Faso introduces free maternal and child healthcare

March 24, 2016

The government of Burkina Faso will provide free healthcare for children under-five, pregnant women, deliveries and caesareans, and breast and uterine cancer screening. The promise to make maternal and child healthcare free continues the progress that Burkina Faso and many other countries in the region have been making towards extending coverage of essential care to vulnerable groups, including through removal of user fees for certain services. Pregnant women and young children are widely recognised as priority groups, with momentum derived initially from the Millennium Development Goals but now enshrined in the universal health coverage (UHC) goal within the Sustainable Development Goals. Full report