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Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, children, young people, women and men are immersed in a multidimensional, dynamic and long-lasting crisis, including the more than 1.8 million internally displaced people. Almost 40% of the population is affected by the closure or reduction of basic social services. Finally, food and nutrition insecurity continues to worsen: in 2022, around 2.6 million people will experience an acute food crisis. Tdh contributes to access to food security, social cohesion and strengthens health and protection systems to support affected families.

What we do

Mother and child health

Tdh supports the health system at the primary level by improving care. With innovative solutions, we improve the capacities of health personnel and support the authorities in decision-making. Tdh has developed expertise in digital health, particularly through the Integrated e-Diagnostic Approach (IeDA), which reinforces the diagnosis quality in more than 87% of the country's health centres. We are also improving the quality of care for newborns and pregnant women through the IeDA-maternity application that has been deployed in 27% of the country's health centres. In addition, Tdh contributes to food security and access to water, hygiene and sanitation.

Children and young people in migration

We protect migrant children in departure, transit and destination areas and improve their access to education, water and sanitation. We combat the risks of violence, abuse and exploitation. To do this, our specialists train professionals and set up local protection networks, protective accompaniment schemes and social support to identified child victims of violence, in collaboration with social services and local communities. At several gold mining sites in the provinces of Ganzourgou and Yatenga, we have set up an alert system to report situations of violations of the rights of children working there to the relevant services.

Access to justice

We facilitate the social reintegration of children in conflict with the law to prevent recidivism through psychosocial support, literacy, training and professional integration. Our teams train justice officials and work with the communities and families of the children. To foster social cohesion within communities affected by conflict, we improve access to community-based justice. We support young people to play an active role in local governance and prevent violent extremism and radicalisation among young people.

Humanitarian aid

The security situation in Burkina Faso has deteriorated significantly, leading to massive population displacement, food insecurity and limited access to essential health, water and education services. Tdh is improving the provision of and access to primary health care for crisis-affected populations through community-based approaches and the setting up of mobile clinics. We screen children for malnutrition, distribute food supplements and advise families on their diet. Tdh also provides assistance to displaced families with essential household items and our social workers respond to protection risks.

"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 2021


3,116,596 people

Expatriate / national staff


10 / 302

Budget 2021


CHF 15,272,454.-


Where we work

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Following the famine, Terre des hommes begins its activities in Burkina Faso with a nutrition and mother-child health project.
Launch of a project for out-of-school girls and disadvantaged families.
Implementation of activities to combat malnutrition in the paediatric wards of two hospitals.
Start of projects to combat child labour exploitation and trafficking.
Free healthcare for children under five and pregnant women in two districts.
Development of a project to improve the food security and living conditions of the poorest households in Sourou.
Development of innovative software for diagnosing children's illnesses (IeDA) installed on electronic tablets.
In the spring, the Council of Ministers signs a new law that guarantees health coverage for all children under five and pregnant women in the country.
Terre des hommes is awarded Officer of the Burkinabe Order of Merit.
The security crisis accelerates and causes the first internal displacements. Tdh adapts its activities to support the health and protection system.
Development of an application for patient COVID-19 triage in health centres in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
In a context of deteriorating prison conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tdh as part of a global initiative to release children from prison while strengthening the use of non-custodial measures.
Tdh develops its approach to access to rights through the establishment of legal clinics run by paralegals in the Boucle du Mouhoun and in the East.
Terre des hommes is awarded the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of Justice and Human Rights with the clasp Justice. This distinction crowns years of work in favour of access to justice for children and young people, and in particular the promotion of alternative measures to detention, including important advocacy work for the application of penal mediation.

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