Stop the Pain in Burkina Faso

Stop the Pain in Burkina Faso

29 January 2019: Support our crowdfunding campaign!


OPIS is collaborating with Hospice Burkina, the palliative care association of Burkina Faso, to promote access to morphine to all patients in need. Hospice Burkana was founded in 2017 by Dr. Martin Lankoande, an anaesthesiologist who observed the intense human suffering caused by a lack of access to morphine and palliative care in Burkina Faso, a medium-sized country in West Africa. This is a problem that plagues most low- and middle-incomes, as described in detail in the 2017 Lancet Commission report. Through Hospice Burkina, which has about two dozen volunteers representing a range of professions with complementary expertise, Dr. Lankoande hopes to help change the medical system in his country to make the relief of pain and suffering a high priority, and ensure that everyone in need obtains effective pain relief.

On 29 January 2019, OPIS has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support this collaboration. One key objective is to launch a major national conference in the first half of 2019 that will bring together major stakeholders, including members of the government, doctors, other medical practitioners and pharmacists, to address the urgent issue of pain relief and palliative care, and to decide on concrete solutions to remove the obstacles. The crowdfunding campaign aims to cover the costs of the conference as well as the production of advocacy tools and documents that can help raise awareness and make the case for improved access.

You can find more information on OPIS's work on access to pain relief here. Help us #StopThePain!


Dr. Martin Lankoande visiting a cancer patient and providing her some relief from the severe pain she was experiencing
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