Active in Togo since 1986, Terre des hommes (Tdh) runs projects dealing with child protection and provides access to medical care. In 2013, more than 23,400 people benefited from Tdh’s activities.
After its independence in 1960, the Togolese Republic underwent 38 years of dictatorship. Since 2005, there is a democratically elected government in place. Togo’s economy relies mainly on agriculture ( cotton, coffee and cocoa). There is a general lack of infrastructure and the health care system is inaccessible for most of the population. Togolese children from disadvantaged social classes are vulnerable to trafficking and all forms of exploitation. Despite the Togolese authorities’ willingness to improve child protection the implementation of legal mechanisms for child protection falls short of their intended outcome.Social services continue to be insufficient, despite the launch of a national child helpline in 2009, with the support of several partners, including Tdh.
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The current situation
• Adolescents between 10 and 19 years old represent 23% of the population
• 103 children out of 1,000 die before the age of 5 (CH: 4‰)
• 60% of births are attended by skilled health personnel
• 47% of children aged between 5 and 14 work
• 25% of women are married before the age of 18
(Sources: Tdh, UNDP, UNICEF)
Tdh in Togo: Country Representative: Gilbert Hascoet • Tdh employees: 32 • Expatriate Staff: 1 • Areas of intervention: cities of Lomé, Accra, Aného and Kara and the prefecture of Akébou • Partners: Ministry for Social Affairs, Department of Child Protection, UNICEF, ILO, RELUTET, Tdh Spain, CHUV • 2014 Budget: CHF 589’923.-
Fighting exploitation and trafficking of children – Since 2001, Tdh manages a project called “Vixoasi” (“precious child”) aimed at protecting children from different types of abuse. Tdh’s shelter for abused children in Lomé called “Oasis" has been transferred to the government. Since 2011, a new project of host families offers as an alternative to the transit centre. In order to reinforce the protective environment of children, especially children on the move, traditional protective mechanisms are strengthened in the places of origin and destination.
Protection for unaccompanied migrant minors – Tdh ensures protection for children who want or have to leave their home towns. They are helped to achieve their plans and are accompanied by social workers who offer them protection when faced with the risks of exploitation, trafficking or mistreatment.
Specialised care – Tdh takes care of children suffering from serious illnesses. These children can be operated on in Benin, thanks to visiting international specialists, or may be transferred to Europe. Tdh also strives to improve the medical skills of local staff through international training.
• 15 families accredited in 2012 by the Ministry of Social Action provided care for 92 child victims of violence or exploitation in 2013.
• 1,300 community workers and civil servants benefited from capacity building in the field of child protection.
• 1,567 vulnerable children monitored individually.
• The healthcare and transfer project allowed 41 cured children and their families to start a new life.
What Tdh can do with:
Offer access to medical treatment for one child.
Support a literacy course for 20 children during one month.