On 16th May, under the sponsorship of the Minister for Health, Professor Nicolas Meda, Stéphane Richard, the Chairman and CEO of Orange, officially launched the activities of the Burkina Faso Foundation. It became the Group’s 16th foundation.
Its first action was to donate equipment to the haemodialysis unit of the Yalgado Ouédraogo University Hospital Centre in Ouagadougou, the only place in Burkina Faso for dealing with kidney failure. This equipment, with a value of 115 million CFA Francs, consisting of 5 generators, 5 armchairs and 1350 dialysis kits, will relieve the pressure on Yalgado hospital, which faces a high demand for dialysis. This donated equipment will therefore allow for a higher frequency of dialysis for patients suffering kidney failure, changing from 4 days a week currently to 5 days a week, given that the average frequency of dialysis prescribed is 2 to 3 sessions a week.
“Wherever our Group is actively involved, we also work for the well-being of the populations. The history and culture of Orange are those of a civil and responsible organisation, putting humanity at the heart of its philosophy. It was therefore natural for me that the Orange Foundation should rapidly deploy its programmes in Burkina Faso," Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.
“The Orange Group in Burkina is not solely concerned with business issues; we are also taking action for equal opportunities by providing things that are essential to the people of Burkina Faso and by contributing to creating better living conditions for them,” Ben Cheick Haidara, CEO of Orange Burkina Faso.