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More than 3.5 million people in Burkina Faso are facing food insecurity. Photo: Concern Worldwide.More than 3.5 million people in Burkina Faso are facing food insecurity. Photo: Concern Worldwide.More than 3.5 million people in Burkina Faso are facing food insecurity. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Why Burkina Faso? We have been working in Burkina Faso since 2021, responding to a complex humanitarian crisis. Political unrest, conflict and climate change have combined to form an unprecedented humanitarian emergency in a country that already struggled with chronic hunger and malnutrition.

Burkina Faso is facing a multitude of challenges

Conflict has displaced more than 1.9 million people in just two years, making Burkina Faso the fastest-growing displacement crisis in recent times. 80% of all internally displaced Burkinabés are women and children.

More broadly, one-fifth of the country’s population, or 4.7 million Burkinabés, require humanitarian assistance; a 333% increase from the 2015-2020 average. Of these, 3.53 million people will need emergency food assistance. Burkina Faso also has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

By providing displaced families with basic necessities and access to quality health care, they are able to let go of some of the stress and start to rebuild their lives.

Katelyn Buisman - Programmes Director

Latest achievements

One

Emergency assistance

Over 400 households received emergency assistance to cover their basic food and shelter needs after fleeing armed conflict in the Nord region. 728 students from these households also received cash-for-education support to allow them to sit their end of school exams.

Two

Improving health

Three

Water and sanitation

Darifa* (18) with her 10 day old daughter, Lenka*. Both live at an unofficial IDP site in the Centre North region. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Darifa* (18) with her 10 day old daughter, Lenka*. Both live at an unofficial IDP site in the Centre North region. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Sylvie Adama Oubda, an internally displaced person, with two of her children,
Sylvie Adama Oubda (38), an internally displaced person, with two of her children, Larissa (10) and Jean-Baptiste (2) in Pouytenga. Photo: Jean-Paul Ouedraogo/Concern Worldwide
Burkina Faso IDP speaks to Concern staff
Concern staff visit and meet with IDPs in Pouytenga Centre East. Photo: Anne Mimault/Concern Worldwide
Puebla* with her two children at an unofficial IDP site in Burkina Faso where community leaders say food shortages are a constant worry. Photo: Henry Wilkins / Concern Worldwide
Puebla* with her two children at an unofficial IDP site in Burkina Faso where community leaders say food shortages are a constant worry. Photo: Henry Wilkins / Concern Worldwide
Concern staff visit and meet with IDPs in Pouytenga Centre East. Photo: Anne Mimault/Concern Worldwide
Concern staff visit and meet with IDPs in Pouytenga Centre East. Photo: Anne Mimault/Concern Worldwide

How we’re helping Burkina Faso

Our response in Burkina Faso focuses on tackling the structural causes of extreme poverty through health, nutrition and education support.

Water, sanitation and hygiene
Emergency response
Health and nutrition
Maram and two of her children in the doorway of the building they live in

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