Kaya, Burkina Faso
When Hamade Ouedraogo partnered his medical ministry with the Luke Society in 2010, his vision and hope was to see more people in Kaya, Burkina Faso, come to Christ.
Kaya is located in a predominantly Muslim region, but the clinic has served as Ouedraogo’s instrument for sharing the Gospel.
Ouedraogo staffs his clinic with eight contracted medical specialists who provide services in the clinic on rotating days. Services range from general consultations and ultrasounds to obstetrics and minor surgeries.
Ouedraogo’s ministry extends outside the walls of the clinic by providing community health seminars to students and community members in Kaya. The clinic has developed support partnerships with local churches and other ministry organizations.
While proselytizing inside the clinic is illegal, the facility’s Christian foundation is well known in the community. The clinic often is patronized by Muslims in the region who have instilled a high level of trust in the honesty and integrity of Ouedraogo’s ministry. Ouedraogo conducts staff devotions and prays with patients upon their request. He also uses Christian media on the television in the clinic’s waiting room as another tool for witness.
Hamade Ouedraogo serves as a nurse-practitioner and director of the Luke Society ministry in Kaya, Burkina Faso. With his quiet and gentle nature, he affirms the dignity of each patient while providing quality health care. He is a gifted servant of God with the ability to enlist the services of others to accomplish his vision. A Christian convert himself, he uses the medical clinic as a tool to reach out to others who are seeking both physical and spiritual healing.
Burkina Faso Facts
Population: 18.9 million
Size: 274,200 sq. km, slightly larger than Colorado.
Borders: Mali to the north and west; Niger to the east; Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire to the south.
Religious groups: Muslim, 60.5%; Catholic 19%; Animist, 15.3%
Primary language: French
Literacy (age 15+): 36%
Physician density: 0.05 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 46.7%
Life expectancy: 55.1 years
Infant mortality rate: 75.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Gold, cotton, livestock.
Climate: Tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers.
Terrain: Mostly flat to undulating plains; hills in the west and southeast.