Burkina Faso

Terre des hommes works to improve the health and nutrition of children and mothers in Burkina Faso, and is currently introducing innovative technologies. We also endeavour to support and protect youths from violence when they come face to face with law.

The situation in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, child exploitation is a major problem. In addition, the lack of a fully functioning education system means that many others turn to crime. The healthcare system also requires support, and many mothers and their newborn babies are vulnerable to disease and malnutrition.

What we do

Mother and child health

In health centres, consultations are free for children under five and pregnant women in the whole country since June 2016. A new kind of software for digital tablets (IeDA) helps nurses diagnose patients and prescribe the necessary treatment. Tdh’s health specialists provide assistance to women during childbirth and carry out medical visits at patients’ homes. We also provide parents with information on malnutrition, which improves the growth and development of newborn babies. In 2015, more than 14’000 children suffering from malnutrition have been cared for.

Child protection

Tdh protects children against violence thanks to a local network of actors. Professionals receive special training to strengthen their capacities. We identify children victims of violence and offer them support in collaboration with local authorities and communities. At the same time, we help poor families to produce food and provide them with financial aid to help improve their living conditions. In 2015, we helped 1200 poor homes and 250 pregnant or breastfeeding women to get better nutrition.

Juvenile justice

Tdh is working with the local authorities to prevent the imprisonment of youths. We defend their fundamental rights and promote alternative measures. Instead of being detained, youths attend training courses or resume their schooling. We also strengthen the competences of the judicial actors on justice for minors and reinforce their collaboration with specialists from the protection system dedicated to children in difficult situation. Justice for minors is now part of the national pact’s priorities for justice renewal thanks to a long and successful advocacy led by our local team of specialists.

Recognised innovation in the field of mHealth

IeDA, at the Geneva Health Forum


Children's heatlh in Burkina Faso

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Terre des hommes in Burkina Faso

Beneficiaries in 2015

540,926 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

6 / 87

Budget 2016

CHF 7,000,000.-

Where we work

Bobo Dioulasso, Dédougou, Dori, Ouagadougou, Ouahigouya, Solenzo, Séguénéga, Titao, Toma, Tougan, Yako,Zorgho

Local partners 

Ministries of Social Action, Health and Justice

Other partners 

ECHO, European Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novartis Foundation, SDC, UNICEF, Medicor Foundation


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.

Related publications

Courage no. 57 - Can digital technology save lives?
Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2015.
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Courage n°45 – Reduce infant mortality

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