Burkina Faso is located in Sub-Saharian Africa. The country's economy is mostly based on subsistence farming and the majority of the about 16 millions inhabitants lives below the poverty line.
The Saint Camille Hospital (HOSCO) in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, is country-wide one of the few health facilities treating prematurity and neonatal pathologies.
Since 2010 the Chiesi Foundation collaborates with HOSCO, managed by the Camillian Fathers. Here, the Foundation supports the neonatal care unit with the transfer of means and knowledge, in order to enhance the quality of care of premature and sick newborns. For the period 2014-2016, the Chiesi Foundation financed the refurbishment and the expansion of the neonatal care unit and set up a kangaroo mother care room and a nursing area to guarantee mothers' constant presence. The new building was inaugurated at the beginning of 2017 and is now fully equipped and operational.
The development of the healthcare staff competences and skills is ensured by a comprehensive training plan, implemented by local and international trainers.
The goal for the coming years is to further improve the standard of care, by providing new tools and permanent training to the staff. Creating an effective network with peripheral birth centers and stronger partnership with local authorities is of paramount importance in order to integrate the NEST project activities within a common strategy to reduce neonatal mortality in the area of Ouagadougou.
For further information about HOSCO, visit the official website.
The progresses made at HOSCO thanks to the collaboration between the local staff and the Italian healthcare professionals coming from the Hospitals of Brescia and Mantua are reported in the following article: Improved neonatal survival through economically sustainable reorganization of a neonatal care unit in a developing country: 7-year experience in the Centre Medical Saint Camille (CMSC) of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Villani et al., J Med Pers DOI 10.1007/s12682-012-0133-y.