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Burkina Faso

Terre des hommes (Tdh) has been active in Burkina Faso since 1987 and carries out projects related to health, nutrition and child protection. In 2014, near more than 635.000 people benefited activities of Tdh.


In a context of institutional fragility marked by the overthrow of the existing government, Tdh is more active than ever to help the most vulnerable children in Burkina Faso.

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The current situation

• 38% of children aged between 5 and 14 work
• 570 minors were incarcerated in the prisons of Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso and Tougan
• 49.3 % of the population is between 0 and 14 years old
• 146 ‰ of the children die before they reach 5 years of age (CH: 4‰)
• More than 45% of the children between 5 and 14 do not attend school
• 35.7% of the mine workers are children
• 48% of the young girls are pressured into marrying against their will before they are 18

(Sources: Tdh, Humanium, UNICEF, INSD, BAD, BIT)

Tdh in Burkina Faso: Country Representative: Sonia ANCELLIN PANZANI • Tdh employees: 25 • Expatriate staff: 8 • Areas of intervention: Bobo Dioulasso, Dédougou, Dori, Ouagadougou, Ouahigouya, Saag Nioniogo, Séguénéga, Titao, Toéni, Toma, Tougan, Yako, Zorgho • Partners: ECHO, Bill foundation and Melinda Gates, Novartis foundation for the sustainable development, Micronutrient Initiative, Canton of Zürich, UNICEF, ACF France, Help LED, SDC, TAIWAN, HCR, MEDICOR, USDOL, Tdh NL, Ministries of Social Action, Health and Justice, MI • 2015 Budget: CHF 4'815’000.-

Our intervention

Protection of working children – In addition to raising awareness, promoting education and implementing protective measures, Tdh works to strengthen traditional child protection mechanisms (identification, assistance, reintegration).

Health and nutrition – Tdh fights against severe malnutrition among children. Medical structures are strengthened to improve the quality of care. There is an increase in healthcare coverage thanks to free medical care for children under five years old as well as expectant and nursing mothers. Healthcare workers are assisted in their role of educating mothers about prevention, detection and follow-up care for children. Finally, Tdh contributes to the effectiveness and efficiency of the care given to children by providing computerization for health centres.

Juvenile justice – In 2009, Tdh launched a project aimed at improving procedures relating to justice for minors and promoting alternatives to detention within the community.

Protection for unaccompanied migrant minors – Tdh ensures protection for children who want or have to leave their home towns. They are accompanied by social workers who offer them protection when faced with the risks of exploitation, trafficking or bad treatment.

2013 Results

• 100,045 children got from chemio-prophylaxis for seasonal malaria.
• In the seven districts where Tdh works, 92% of the children suffering from malnutrition were cured.
• 1686 youngsters (907 boys and 779 girls) at risk of going to work in the mines attended school.
• 243 girls working as domestics were protected.
• 240 children identified to be at risk or victims of violence were looked after by child protection networks supported by Tdh.
• 234 under-age youngsters profited from alternative measures to imprisonment (job training, community work, or return to their families).

What Tdh can do with:

CHF 100.–
Pay for healthcare for 20 children under the age of five for one year.

CHF 200.–
Send 10 children to school who have been rescued from exploitation in quarries.

Remaining a child… even when far from home

When a child is given the “Go to jail” card

Stolen Childhood, a film by Mary Clapasson


Burkina Faso - Adjaï, Tdh beneficiary in Burkina Faso

Adjai is 21 years old. For the past seven years she has been working as a domestic servant in a household in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Today, Adjai often goes to the ‘hope point’, a project of Terre des hommes which aims at allowing the young maids to express themselves, to share their experi...

- Burkina Faso - Adjaï, Tdh beneficiary in Burkina Faso

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