Burkina Faso: health and hygiene

Help in Burkina Faso

Health care and food security

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One million people in Burkina Faso have fled their homes due to terror and violence. Help provides emergency aid and provides 2,000 families with emergency shelters and hygiene packages. In addition, we promote hygiene measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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"Previously the doctor was too far away and we had no money for treatment. With support from Help there is free treatment for children and mothers in health centres", says Djénéba, mother of three.
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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. Due to the climate crisis, the already challenging climate of the region is becoming increasingly unpredictable. People in Burkina Faso struggle with hunger due to droughts and water shortages. Burkina Faso has made great strides in its development since the 1990s: the maternal mortality rate has halved and the percentage of children enrolled in school has doubled – from 30 percent (1990) to 65 percent (2015).

In November 2015, the West African country set off for a new beginning with its democratically elected president Roch Kaboré. Major challenges with regard to healthcare, employment and secure income generation, as well as sufficient harvests to survive the dry season remain present. In addition, the conflict with terrorist groups in neighbouring Mali is increasingly spreading to Burkina Faso and threatening the safety of its population.

How is Help providing support 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. 

A particularly effective project is our support for preventive health care for mothers, pregnant women and children. Our work has significantly reduced maternal and child mortality. The Burkinabe government has adopted Help’s model of free health care for children under the age of 5 as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding women, which is supported by the European Union.

We are currently committed to fighting malnutrition in the Sahel region through the implementation of sustainable agricultural projects and awareness campaigns. Moreover, we promote the further development of the healthcare system, provide emergency aid for internally displaced persons and promote hygiene measures as well as awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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

Finally back to school

17-year-old Samira is happy to be able to go back to school. In the previous year, classes were interrupted when violent attacks surged in her home country Burkina Faso.

At the start of the new school year, Help provided Samira and her classmates with new school materials. She is looking forward to catching up on the missed classes: “I'll do my best to graduate. This is the only way I can make my dream come true and I am glad that Help is supporting me!"

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Facts and Figures

    • Population:  20,321,378 (July 2019)
    • Capital: Ouagadougou
    • More than 2 Million people depend on humanitarian aid (June 2020)
    • Poverty rate: 40.1 percent (less than $1.25 per day)
    • Ranked 182 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (2019)
    • Poverty rate: 40.1 % (less than $1.25 per day)
    • Infant mortality rate: 49 per 1,000 live births (2020)
    • 320 mothers per 100,000 die during pregnancy or childbirth (2017)

    Sources:  BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), LIPortal

    Help has supported over 2 million people since 2008. We have

    • 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 the age of 5 for malnutrition.


      Christoph van Edig
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      Christoph van Edig
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