Fadima Yaya Bocoum is a health economist with a background in sociology. She holds a masters degree in health economics from CESAG (Dakar, Senegal). She has worked for the Institute for Health Research (IRSS) in Burkina Faso as a research assistant since 2006. Her research interests focus on health systems and policy and economic evaluation of health interventions. She has also applied both qualitative and quantitative methods. Currently, she is a PhD student in public health at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Her PhD topic is on the Feasibility and Acceptability of Rapid Testing for Syphilis in Burkina Faso. Her research will examine the costs and social constraints associated with introducing rapid testing for syphilis at the rural primary health care level in a global package of rapid tests for pregnant women in Burkina Faso.