In Burkina Faso, under Law No. 025-2018/AN of the Penal Code, abortion is permitted under the following circumstances:
If the pregnancy endangers the woman’s health;
In case of foetal malformation recognised as incurable by a doctor at the time of diagnosis;
In the event of rape;
In case of incest.
Following the example of the Penal Code, other national legal texts such as Law 23/94/ADP on the Public Health Code and Law 049-2005-AN on Reproductive Health authorise safe termination of pregnancy under the same circumstances as those set out in the Penal Code.
What are the different abortion services available in Burkina Faso?
Medical abortion: by using abortion pills
Surgical abortion: by using Manual intrauterine vacuum aspiration (MVA)
Who can provide a safe abortion in Burkina Faso?
Doctors are the main persons authorised to perform abortions in Burkina Faso. However, by delegation of tasks, other health professionals are authorised to provide the service. These include:
The health attache
Where can I go for abortion services in Burkina Faso?
Abortion services are available in different health facilities in Burkina Faso, such as private medical practices or clinics, polyclinics, medical centres (with or without surgical units), regional hospitals, regional university hospitals and university hospitals.
What is the cost of a safe abortion in Burkina Faso?
Abortion services are free of charge in all public health facilities in Burkina Faso, with the exception of private health facilities where the beneficiaries of the services are required to pay a fee. The costs vary from one private health facility to another. For example, some private health facilities offer MVA at 12,000 FCFA, while others charge slightly more or less. While abortion pills can be bought in pharmacies within a price range of 3500 FCFA to 7000 FCFA.
What abortion pills are available in Burkina Faso?
The abortion pills available in Burkina Faso are:
Misoprostol, with brand names like Misodia and Miso-fem
Combipack with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, with brand names like Mifepack
What do the abortion pills look like in Burkina Faso?
Where can I buy abortion pills in Burkina Faso?
In Burkina Faso, abortion pills can be bought in the following places:
In pharmaceutical depots;
In DKT’s national offices.
What post-abortion care services are available in Burkina Faso?
Post-abortion care can be provided in any public or private health facility in Burkina Faso, provided that the facility has the appropriate technical facilities to deal with the specific case. These post-abortion care services include the following:
Treatment of incomplete abortions
Prevention and treatment of STIs
Who can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Burkina Faso?
The following organizations may be able to provide safe abortion information and support in Burkina Faso:
For post abortion care (PAC) information and support or for safe abortions that are legally allowed, please contact: Marie Stopes Burkina Faso https://www.mariestopes.bf
Tel: +226 80 00 12 07
Address: Clinique de la Patte-d’oie (Ouagadougou) Boulevard des Tansoba Reongo face à la gare routière de la Patte d’Oie