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.

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.
 

"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

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Children's health in Burkina Faso

Terre des hommes in Burkina Faso

Beneficiaries in 2017

 

1'016'747 people

Expatriate / national staff

 

7 / 109

Budget 2018

 

10'848'992 CHF

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1987
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.
1996
Tdh launches a project to promote the schooling of girls from poor families.
2000
Tdh continues to fight malnutrition by creating paediatric units in two hospitals.
2002
Launch of efforts to prevent child exploitation and trafficking.
2008
Start of a free medical care programme in two districts for children under five and pregnant women.
2013
Development of a project to improve food safety and the living conditions of the poorest households in the Sourou province.
2014
Development of innovative software for electronic tablets that helps diagnose childhood illnesses
2016
In spring, a new law guarantees free access to basic healthcare for all children under five and pregnant women.
 

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Courage no. 57 - Can digital technology save lives?
Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Courage n°45 – Reduce infant mortality

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