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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, over 635,000 people benefitted from the activities of the delegation.


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

• 425,000 children under 14 migrated in 2014 inside the country.
• 102,444 children were identified as suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
• 1 doctor for 23'450 habitants and 1 midwife for 12,702 mothers.
• 570 minors were incarcerated in the prisons of Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso and Tougan.
• 146‰ of the children die before reaching the age of 5 (CH: 4‰).
• 35.7% of the mine workers are children

(Sources: Tdh, Humanium, UNICEF, INSAE-BIT)

Tdh in Burkina Faso: Country Representative: Sonia Ancellin Panzani • Expatriate staff: 8 • National staff: 125 • Areas of intervention: Bobo Dioulasso, Dédougou, Dori, Ouagadougou, Ouahigouya, Saag Nioniogo, Séguénéga, Titao, Toéni, Toma, Tougan, Yako, Zorgho • Partners: ECHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Micronutrient Initiative, Canton of Zurich, LED, SDC, MEDICOR, Tdh NL, ACF France, Help, Ministries of Social Action, Health and Justice • Budget 2015: 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.

2014 Results

• 100,045 children benefitted from chemoprophylaxis for seasonal malaria
• In the seven districts where Tdh works, 92% of the children suffering from malnutrition were cured
• 1,686 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 minors benefitted 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 - Teri Amenata, Tdh beneficiary in Burkina Faso

Teri Amenata is 21 and she knows what she wants. Seven years ago she left her native village to go to Ouagadougou to look for work. She would like to be able to earn enough money so as not to have to go home empty-handed.

- Burkina Faso - Teri Amenata, Tdh beneficiary in Burkina Faso

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