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Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, the malnutrition and mortality rate among children and newborns is very high. We advocate for universal access to healthcare and an improved quality of care by using technologies to diminish child mortality. Additionally, we help children who are migrating or in conflict with the law by reinforcing services to protect them. The security crisis that struck Burkina Faso in 2018 has blocked access to basic services in the North. We back health and social protection systems to support affected families.

What we do

Mother and child health

Tdh supports the primary health system by improving the care, the water, sanitation and hygiene services as well as the food security of children and their mothers. With innovative solutions, we improve the capacities of health personnel and support the health authorities in their decision-making. Tdh has developed a strong expertise in digital health, in particular through the IeDA project, which reinforces the quality of diagnoses in more than 82% of the country's health centres. This tool will soon be entirely managed by the Ministry of Health. We are also improving the quality of care for newborns and pregnant women through a maternity application.

Children and young people in migration

We protect children affected by migration in areas of departure and destination and provide them with access to education, water and sanitation. We combat the risks of violence, abuse and exploitation. Our specialists train professionals and set up local protection networks. We identify children who are victims of violence and provide them with protective accompaniment, in collaboration with local authorities and communities. At four gold-mining sites in Ganzourgou province, we have set up an alert system to identify violations of the rights of children working there and to notify the relevant services.

Access to justice

We facilitate sustainable social reintegration of children in conflict with the law that prevents recidivism. We guarantee access to psychosocial support, literacy, training and professional integration to ensure the reintegration of incarcerated minors and those benefiting from alternative measures. Our teams train justice officials and work with communities and the children's families.

Humanitarian aid

The security crisis in the north of Burkina Faso has caused the closure of nearly 15% of the country's health centres and the internal displacement of over 800,000 people. Since 2019, Tdh has been working in the North and Boucle du Mouhoun regions to support the health and protection system in managing this crisis. In collaboration with the World Food Programme, we are distributing food and food supplements to displaced people.

"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 2020


1,957,107 people

Expatriate / national staff


11 / 292

Budget 2020


CHF 14,079,308.-


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.

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Courage No. 73: In the gold mines of Burkina Faso, children work at the risk of their lives
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Burkina Faso : Rapport Annuel 2020
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