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A life devoted to medicine

A victim of his dedication to his patients, Professor Hilaire Tiendrébéogo died in 1999 of a rare radio-resistant cancer of the ocular region. As a specialist in lung diseases, Hilaire Tiendrébéogo had to make extensive use of dangerous lung radioscopy in the early days of his practice, and this chronic irradiation was certainly the cause of his premature death. A detailed account of his life is provided in French.

Second son (but eldest in the family, his older brother having died in infancy) of Prosper Kyend(r)ébéogho and Juliette Zongo (still alive in October 2021, i.e. more than 103 years old...), Hilaire Tiendrébéogo was born in Laye, a village of twelve districts northwest of Ouagadougou, in what was then called Haute Volta (now Burkina Faso), into a family of eight children. As his name shows, the spelling of the Möré language was not yet well established at the time of his birth. His father is a Waõngo from the sacred village of Bilogo, east of Lay. His mother is from a Nyönyösé family who lived in the sacred district of Laye.

The complete list of his work in the field of non-tuberculous respiratory infections would certainly have deserved to be more detailed: parasitosis (amoebiasis, distomiasis, pentasomiasis, hydatid cyst, bilharzia); mycosis (aspergillosis, candidiasis, unidentified mycosis). He has also worked on lung cancer and one of its worst causes in Africa, smoking...

M Corap, H Tiendrébéogo
Histoires de tuberculoses
Colour movie (40 min, éducation sanitaire)
Comité Antituberculeux, (1973) Ouagadougou, Haute-Volta

Initiation to the dangers of blood: On 23 november 1982 Hilaire Tiendrébéogo, then director of the Études de l'École Supérieure des Sciences de la Santé in Ouagadougou, invited me to give a lecture on tuesday 4th january 1983. lecture
I proposed the idea of teaching the first elements of the achievements of genetic engineering, to discuss the question of nature and artifice,  and on this occasion to warn against practices involving blood (which would easily transmit pathogens), especially because of a disease, recently affecting homosexuals in the United States, an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, probably caused by a pathogen. It was the infamous AIDS... And we had long discussions about the role of needles and the problems of sterilisation: it was much better to get sterilisable needles than to distribute disposable needles, which were obviously reused (although they could not be sterilised)! This is how the second level of initiation is prepared: emerging diseases.

Academic education

1954-1959 High School at the Petit Séminaire de Pabré
1959-1962 High School at the Collège de la Salle (Ougadougou)
1962 Baccalauréat à Ouagadougou, Haute-Volta (organisé par l'Académie de Bordeaux)

1962-1968 Medical College Studies at the Faculté de Médecine de Nancy
novembre 1968-1969 End of Medicine cursus, and exams in clinic at the Faculté de Médecine d'Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

26 avril 1973 MD Thesis, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
septembre 1973 Certificat d'Etudes Spéciales de Pneumophtisiologie, Paris

Février 1974 Chef de clinique en Pneumophtisiologie, Faculté de Médecine d'Abidjan
Juin 1977 Certificat d'Etudes spéciales de Médecine Aéronautique, Paris V

1980  Maître de conférence agrégé de Pneumophtisiologie – France
1981-1986 Directeur des études de l’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences de la Santé (E.S.S.SA)/Université de Ouagadougou

1984  Maladies Sexuellement Transmissibles
1985  Méthodologie de la Recherche
1986-1988  Epidémiologie tropicale

Hospital education and responsabilities (titles in french, as there is no exact equivalent in different university systems)

1965-1968 Externe des hôpitaux de Nancy
1969-1973 Interne du CHU d'Abidjan (major de sa promotion)
1973-1974 Assistant en Pneumophtisiologie (Abidjan, Pr P Delormas)
1974-1978 Assistant en Pneumophtisiologie (Abidjan, Dr D Schmidt et Pr N Coulibaly)
1977 Assistant à titre étranger au CHUR de Grenoble (Pr P Delormas, et Pr B Paramelle)

1978-1989  Médecin chef du Centre National de Coordination de la Lutte Antituberculeuse de Haute-Volta, et Médecin-adjoint en Phtisiologie de l'Hôpital Yalgado Ouédraogo de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
1982-1984  Médecin chef du service des Maladies infectieuses de l’Hopital Yalgado Ouédraogo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
1987-1989  Médecin des services médicaux de l’hôpital Yalgado Ouédraogo, Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso
1989-1992 Directeur Général adjoint de l’OCCGE (Organisation de Coordination et de Coopération pour la Lutte contre les Grandes Endémies), chargé de la programmation scientifique
1992-1996  Directeur provisoire, puis directeur du Projet EPIGEPS (Epidémiologies et Gestion des Programmes de santé) / OCCGE, Bobo-Dioulasso/Burkina Faso
1996-1999  Directeur de l’Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé / Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques et Technologiques, Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso

Other activities and experiences

Services and health systems

1984-1986 : Structuration of the medical services of the Centre Hospitalier National Yalgado Ouédraogo
1984 : Infectious diseases  : participation to the management of measles, meningitis and cholera in Burkina Faso

1973-1978 : Expert at the Conseil National de Santé de Côte d’Ivoire

1970-1978 : Member of the antituberculosis comittee in Ivory Coast
vision of fight against cholera in the sous-préfecture of Grand-Lahou (RCI) during the first large open epidemic in West Africa.


  1. Member of the first team at the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences de la Santé (E.S.S.SA), Université de Ouagadougou, under supervision of Pr R. M. OUIMINGA.
  2. Teaching at the E.S.S.SA / Faculté des sciences de la santé
    • Infectious diseasesMaladies infectieuses
    • STD
    • Pneumophtisiology
    • Methodology of research
  3. visions to organise teaching at several Schools of Public Health in different african countries
    • Libreville (1989)
    • Niamey (1992)
    • Abidjan (yearly, from 1991)

Regional et international activities

Detached at the OCCGE in Bobo-Dioulasso from 15/02/89 to 30/06/96 :