Health and food security

Donate for Burkina Faso

Eine burkinische Frau trägt eine Wasserschüssel auf dem Kopf und lacht in die Kamera

million people are internally displaced

40 %

live below the poverty line


million people need humanitarian aid

Aid for Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, almost two million people are fleeing violence and seeking refuge in the north of the country. Help is active in the affected regions and ensures basic supplies for the population, for example by building wells and sanitary facilities.

In addition, we are particularly committed to empowering women and mothers, for example by improving healthcare and through income-generating measures.

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How is Help providing support in Burkina Faso?

Securing the future in Burkina Faso

Help has been working in Burkina Faso since 2008 and has so far implemented over 50 projects in the fields of healthcare, food security, infrastructure development and emergency aid for refugees. We have already been able to help over 2 million people in Burkina Faso.

One particularly effective project is our support for preventive healthcare for mothers, pregnant women and children. Our work has significantly reduced maternal and child mortality in Burkina Faso. The Burkinabe state has now adopted Help's model of free preventive healthcare for children under the age of 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women, which is supported by the European Union.

Help is currently helping to ensure food security in Burkina Faso by promoting agriculture and providing care for malnourished children and mothers. We are also providing emergency aid for families who have had to flee within the country. We also improve access to healthcare and promote income-generating measures. Our focus here is on empowering women.

What is the situation like in Burkina Faso?

A spiral of poverty, war and hunger

The countries in the Sahel region are among the poorest in the world. The already challenging climate in African countries is becoming increasingly unpredictable. The people of Burkina Faso are also struggling with hunger as a result of droughts and water shortages. Yet Burkina Faso has made great development progress since the 1990s: maternal mortality has been halved and the number of children enrolled in school has more than doubled - from 30 percent (1990) to 65 percent (2015).

In November 2015, the West African country made a fresh democratic start with the election of President Roch Kaboré. However, health care, jobs and therefore a secure income and sufficient harvests to survive the dry season remain major challenges. Poverty is particularly high in rural regions.

In addition, the conflict with armed groups in neighboring Mali is increasingly spilling over into Burkina Faso and threatening the security of the population. After months of political unrest, a military coup took place in January 2022, during which Kaboré was deposed. The future of Burkina Faso is uncertain. For the population, this means above all that the current hardship in Burkina Faso continues to grow.

You can find more information on the local website of Help in Burkina Faso.

Growing vegetables for a self-determined life

Kleinbäuerin Patenema Ouédraogo bei der Arbeit auf ihrem Feld

Patenema works hard to secure her family's livelihood. She is one of 100 young internally displaced people in Burkina Faso's Centre-Nord region who Help is supporting in building a sustainable livelihood. She earns her living by growing vegetables: on her plot of land, she grows various types of vegetables in mixed crops, mainly onions. Patenema can sell the surplus yields and thus earn an additional income for her family and support her children's education.

I can harvest cabbage, eggplants, peppers and onions on my plot without paying a cent and use them to prepare delicious meals for my family.

Patenema, Smallholder farmer from Burkina Faso

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