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Burkina Faso

HI defends the fundamental rights of people with disabilities and is responding to the urgent needs of people affected by conflict.

Reading in class, Humanity & Inclusion Burkina Faso

Reading in class, Humanity & Inclusion Burkina Faso | © HI

Our actions

Burkina Faso became HI’s first country of intervention in West Africa in 1991. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, HI worked for the rehabilitation of the National Orthopaedic Fitting Centre of Burkina (CNAOB). It subsequently supported the development and implementation of other rehabilitation centres throughout the country.

Until 2015, HI worked primarily on long-term development projects. Due to the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis, we have gradually reoriented our operations to meet the urgent needs of the population. In 2020, out of 11 projects, 36% are humanitarian projects, 27% are responding to chronic crises and 36% are responding to development needs.

HI helps households in the Sahel region facing insecurity, particularly food insecurity, to meet their immediate needs and to develop resilience to future shocks and crises.  Our teams provide physical and emotional stimulation for malnourished children to help them recover and thrive.  

HI is a member of the consortium leading the "Rapid Response Mechanism" (RRM) in Burkina Faso, which aims to alert and provide information on the needs of displaced populations and we are working to ensure that the humanitarian response is inclusive for older people and people with disabilities.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

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Country situation

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. The most vulnerable people are affected by illiteracy, lack of access to healthcare and declining purchasing power.

The most vulnerable populations, particularly people with disabilities, have very little access to healthcare and rarely participate in the economic and social life of the country. It is difficult for them to fully access such fundamental rights as education, vocational training and employment. Most of them thus find themselves in a situation of exclusion and extreme poverty.

Since 2015, the northern areas of Burkina-Faso have been experiencing growing insecurity due to conflicts between the state and non-state armed groups. This prolonged insecurity has led 1 million people to flee their homes, cutting off economic resources essential to their survival.

Number of Handicap International staff members: 128

Date the programme opened: 1991