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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 childhood protection. In 2012, 450,000 people benefited from Tdh activities.


The context

Burkina Faso is rich in history, culture and population diversity. Nevertheless, it is one of the
least-developed countries in the world. The situation is complicated by cruelly inadequate infrastructures and high unemployment. The inaccessibility or complete lack of a healthcare system is a huge problem. Infant mortality is particularly high and malnutrition is widespread. Poverty forces many children to work, making them vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.

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Children's situation

• 38% of children aged 5 to 14 work.
• 120,000 children under five die every year.
• 52% of the women are married before 18 (10% before 15).

Tdh in Burkina Faso : Country Representative : David Kerespars • Tdh employees : 130 • Areas of intervention : 11 provinces • Partners : EC, UNICEF, LED, SDC, TAIWAN, HCR, MEDICOR, USDOL, Tdh NL, Ministries of Social Action, Health and Justice, MI •
2013 Budget : CHF 8,400,000.-

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. One scheme enables 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 (Electronic Registry of Consultations).

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.

Refugees – Tdh offers assistance to Malian refugees. Children benefit from access to education and protective services. The families are supported in initiating income-generating activities.

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.

2012 Results

• By offering alternatives in terms of education, Tdh protected more than 10,000 child victims or those at risk of exploitation.
• On a national level, the Foundation put in place informative and awareness campaigns to strengthen children’s protection.
• Regarding health, Tdh extended its work to three new districts. With medical examinations and improvements to hygiene, the
work of Tdh enabled hundreds of thousands of children to access free, quality healthcare.
• Tdh educated 250 legal professionals in alternative measures to imprisonment and assisted 70 minors arrested by the police
to be reintegrated.
• Finally, Tdh assisted numerous refugees following the political crisis in Mali.

What Tdh can do with :

CHF 100.–
Pay for health care of 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.

In this country we deal with the following themes


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.

- Teri Amenata, Tdh beneficiary in Burkina Faso

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