A knowledge brokering program in Burkina Faso (West Africa); reflections from our experience

This article , published July 19, 2016 in Health Systems & Reform, and co- written by Christian Dagenais, Esther Mc Sween -Cadieux , Paul- André Somé and Valery Ridde presents some thoughts from the implementation and evaluation of a knowledge brokering program in Burkina Faso, as part of a research project on health equity in Burkina Faso. A link to the original article is available at the bottom of this page.


Mining revenue and access to health care in Africa: could the revenue drawn from well-managed mining sectors finance exemption from payment for health?

This article published on August 12th 2015 in Development in Practice and written by Valéry Ridde, Bonnie Campbell and Andréanne Martel is about mining revenue and access to health care in Africa and adresses the question if the revenue drawn from well-managed mining sectors finance exemption from payment for health.   (more…)

Health policy and contradictions. Free care in Burkina Faso , Mali, and Niger

Featured Book release: CIHR-IPPH Applied Public Health Chair holder, Valéry Ridde

By: Valéry Ridde, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Une politique de santé et ses contradictions. La gratuité des soins au Burkina Faso, au Mali, et au Niger (only in French)  (more…)

Utilization of community health workers for malaria treatment : results from a three-year panel study in the districts of Kaya and Zorgho, Burkina Faso

An article of Thomas Druetz, Valéry Ridde, Seni Kouanda, Antarou Ly, Souleymane Diabaté and Slim Haddad published in Malaria Journal on february 13, 2015.


Background: Malaria is holo-endemic in Burkina Faso and causes approximately 40,000 deaths every year. In 2010, health authorities scaled up community case management of malaria with artemisinin-based combination therapy. Previous trials and pilot project evaluations have shown that this strategy may be feasible, acceptable, and effective under controlled implementation conditions. However, little is known about its effectiveness or feasibility/acceptability under real-world conditions of implementation at national scale. (more…)