Burkina Faso is one of the least developed countries in the world. Widespread poverty and limited access to basic services affect children throughout the country. Natural disasters and a deteriorating security situation have also severe consequences for large numbers of children. In the 2019 End of Childhood Report, Burkina Faso is assessed to be one of the countries where childhood is most threatened. Burkina Faso is ranked 167th out of 176 countries.

Our work for the children

In Burkina Faso we make sure that an increasing number of children attain their right to survival, protection, development and participation.

  • Poverty reduction: We reduce poverty and vulnerability of children and families through improving access to social protection programs, while also addressing the needs and rights of children through complementary activities. In cooperation with local communities and authorities, we strengthen social protection policies and programs so as to better respond to and address the problems of child poverty and vulnerability.
  • Child protection: Children´s right to be protected from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation is furthered through strengthening child protection systems. The capacities of all actors to identify and respond to child welfare concerns is enhanced through training and technical support.
  • Health and Nutrition: We work to increase access to free or affordable health care. Preventive services, including health education are emphasized in the work to improve the health and nutrition of children.
  • Education in emergencies: With the support from the European Union(ECHO) we ensure conflict affected children in the Sahel region a chance to continue their education and learning. This help the children rebuild their lives, restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills.

Enhancing child participation, the active involvement and opportunity for children to express their views and influence decision-making, is included in all actions. Gender equality and building up the resilience to disasters are also incorporated in the programs as cross-cutting themes.

Our programs are funded by supporters of Save the Children Finland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, European Union (ECHO/DG DEVCO), UNICEF and the Government of Burkina Faso.

Save the Children has worked in Burkina Faso since 1977.

Video: Income and food security

Expectant and nursing mothers have received healthcare and childcare articles. Local nurses and mothers have been trained to monitor children’s nutritional status in communities and ensure that malnourished and sick children receive proper care in health centers. Even if it is responding to the humanitarian crisis, the work has been at the same time preventive and very comprehensive.

Video: Healthcare

We have also focused on the reasons behind of malnutrition in Burkina Faso, for example, behind the illnesses is often poor hygiene. We improve hygiene conditions in the area by building wells, latrines and providing hygiene education.

Video: Water and sanitation