A cost-effectiveness study of caesarean-section deliveries by clinical officers, general practitioners and obstetricians in Burkina Faso

Peer reviewed article

Sennen H Hounton, David Newlands, Nicolas Meda, Vincent De Brouwere

Publication details

Number of pages: 12
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English


This study evaluates the effectiveness and cost benefits of training general practioners and clinical officers in emergency cesarean section to increase the coverage in remote and rural areas.

This study shows that the strategies to delegate surgical skill for cesarean section from specialists to general practioners in rural Burkina Faso appears to be a cost effective option for increasing life saving interventions in under served areas. As compared to general practioners excess maternal and newborn mortality with clinical officers can be reduced by better supervision and refresher courses.