Burkina Faso: health and hygiene

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Health care and food security

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Food security, emergency aid, health care – Help is involved in many different areas of humanitarian aid and sustainable assistance in Burkina Faso. Help has supported over 2 million people in Burkina Faso since 2008. Help people in Burkina Faso – donate now!

"Previously the doctor was too far away and we had no money for treatment. Also with support from Help there is free treatment for children and mothers in health centres", says Djénéba, 28 years old and the mother of three children.
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What is the situation like in Burkina Faso?

Fear of the past

The countries of the Sahel are among the poorest in the world. The climate of the region is already challenging, but it is becoming more and more unpredictable. People in Burkina Faso have to struggle with hunger due to droughts and water shortages. Burkina Faso has made great progress in development since the 1990s: the maternal mortality rate has halved, and the percentage of children enrolled in school has doubled – from 30 per cent in 1990, to 65 per cent in 2015.

In November 2015, the west African country boldly made a new democratic beginning with its elected president Roch Kaboré. But it still faces huge challenges: health care, employment and secure incomes and producing large-enough harvests to survive the dry season. What’s more, the conflict with terrorist groups in neighbouring Mali is increasingly spreading to Burkina Faso and threatening the population’s safety. 

How is Help helping in Burkina Faso?

Find out more about Help’s work in Burkina Faso on our dedicated country website (information in French).

Sustainable health care: from a pilot project to a national programme

Help has been active in Burkina Faso since 2008. So far, we have implemented 50 projects in health care, food security, infrastructure development and emergency aid for refugees. We have supported over 2,000,000 people with our aid. One especially effective project has been our support for health care for mothers, pregnant women and children.

Thanks to our work, maternal and child mortality has decreased significantly. The Burkinabe government has now adopted Help’s model – backed by the European Union – of free health care for children under 5 as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding women. We are currently involved in fighting malnutrition in the Sahel through sustainable agricultural projects and awareness campaigns, and in promoting the development of the health care system. We are also building schools to help provide the next generation with better prospects.

Donors and partners: AA (Department for Foreign Affairs), ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection), Health Ministry Burkina Faso, UNHCR, Unicef

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Facts and Figures

    • Population: 19,193,382 (2017)
    • Capital: Ouagadougou
    • 789,000 people depend on humanitarian aid (2018)
    • Poverty rate: 40.1 per cent (less than $1.25 per day)
    • 81 children out of every 1,000 die before their 5th birthday (2017)
    • 371 mothers out of every 100,000 die during pregnancy or childbirth (2015)

    Auswärtiges Amt / Human Development Reports / UNDP / UNHCR / BMZ / International Food Policy Research Institute / Weltbank

    Help has supported over 2 million people since 2008:

    • supplied 588.675 people with emergency aid;
    • helped 452.106 people to secure their food supply and livelihoods;
    • provided health care assistance to 1.001.235 people;
    • carried out over 3.5 million examinations to check children under 5 for malnutrition.


      Do you have any questions about our work in Burkina Faso?
      Henning Kronenberger
      will be happy to help you:
      +49(0)228 91529-15