Active in Togo since 1986, Terre des hommes (Tdh) runs projects dealing with child protection and provides access to medical care. In 2014, more than 37,000 people benefitted 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
• 103 children out of 1,000 die before the age of 5 (CH: 4‰)
• 44% of the children aged 5 to 14 have to go to work
• More than 20% of the children do not attend school
• 20% of the births are not officially registered
• 40.8 % of the population is between 0 and 14 years of age
• 25% of women are married before the age of 18
(Sources: Tdh, UNDP, UNICEF, UCW, BIT)
Tdh in Togo: Country Representative: Gilbert Hascoet • Tdh employees: 30 • 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 • 2015 Budget: CHF 749’965.-
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.
• 35 children were given special treatment in Europe.
• During the surgical mission, 70 youngsters had consultations and/or underwent surgery.
• 78 children were taken in and protected by 25 foster families accredited by the Ministry of Social Action.
• 1,525 community agents and State officers profited from capacity-building programmes on child protection.
• 5,312 vulnerable children were given individual monitoring.
What Tdh can do with:
Offer access to medical treatment for one child.
Support a literacy course for 20 children during one month.