The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.

Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, the rate of malnutrition among children and newborns is very high. Following the implementation of a law which guarantees free basic health services for children under five and pregnant women, rural health centres have seen their visitation rates increase. We advocate for universal access to healthcare and an improved quality of care  by using innovative technologies, with the goal of diminishing child mortality. Additionally, we help children who are exploited or in conflict with the law.

What we do

Mother and child health

After eight years of advocacy, a law that guarantees free healthcare for children under five and pregnant women was passed in 2016. In health centres, Tdh uses IeDA, an innovative app for digital tablets that helps nurses diagnose children and prescribe the right treatment. Tdh’s specialists train medical personnel and offer technical support to health centres. To fight against malnutrition, we inform communities about good food practices for newborn babies.

Child protection

Tdh protects children against violence, abuse and exploitation, especially migrant children. Professionals receive special training to strengthen their capacities and to set up local protection networks. We identify child victims of violence and offer them support in collaboration with local authorities and communities. Our SAP project identifies the individual situations of children present at four gold mining sites in Ganzourgou province and includes an early warning system on violations of their rights in order to alert the competent services to facilitate their care.

Acess to justice

We enable a lasting social reintegration of children in conflict with the law which prevents re-offending. We guarantee access to psychosocial support, literacy and training, as well as vocational integration in order to ensure the reinsertion of young prisoners and make alternative measures possible for children by strengthening the capacities of the actors involved and by engaging the children’s communities and families.


In our PREMET project, we carry out preventive and protective actions for migrating children in their places of departure and of destination. We offer them access to education, water and sanitation facilities. We also enhance the capacity of local child protection workers and participate in the promotion of a protection and support network for migrating children.

"We have drastically reduced the number of incorrect diagnoses thanks to IeDA and the children benefit from better treatment."

Dr. Robert Kargougou, Secretary General for the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso


IeDA : a life-saving innovation

Terre des hommes in Burkina Faso

Beneficiaries in 2018


1'768'445 people

Expatriate / national staff


8 / 147

Budget 2019


11'780'970 CHF


Where we work

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Terre des hommes starts to work in Burkina Faso after the famine. Our first initiative focuses on improving nutrition and health among mothers and children.
Tdh launches a project to promote the schooling of girls from poor families.
Tdh continues to fight malnutrition by creating paediatric units in two hospitals.
Launch of efforts to prevent child exploitation and trafficking.
Start of a free medical care programme in two districts for children under five and pregnant women.
Development of a project to improve food safety and the living conditions of the poorest households in the Sourou province.
Development of innovative software for electronic tablets that helps diagnose childhood illnesses
In spring, a new law guarantees free access to basic healthcare for all children under five and pregnant women.

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