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Burkina Faso

HI defends the fundamental rights of people with disabilities and is responding to the urgent needs of people affected by conflict.

Reading in class, Humanity & Inclusion Burkina Faso

Reading in class, Humanity & Inclusion Burkina Faso | © HI

Actions in process

Burkina Faso became HI’s first country of intervention in West Africa in 1991. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, HI worked for the rehabilitation of the National Orthopaedic Fitting Centre of Burkina (CNAOB). It subsequently supported the development and implementation of other rehabilitation centres throughout the country.

Until 2015, HI worked primarily on long-term development projects. Due to the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis, we have gradually reoriented our operations to meet the urgent needs of the population.

HI facilitates the establishment of a regional rehabilitation network and trains health and rehabilitation professionals. The association facilitates the access of children with disabilities to mainstream schools and disabled young people to vocational training. It trains people who work in the disability and inclusive education sectors.

HI responds to the needs of families in the Sahel region who are facing increasing insecurity, providing basic assistance and physical stimulation to malnourished children. The association also implements emergency preparedness plans in schools facing insecurity.

HI is also running a project to strengthen humanitarian response actors to make their projects more inclusive of the elderly and disabled.

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Situation of the country

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. The most vulnerable people are affected by illiteracy, lack of access to healthcare and declining purchasing power.

The most vulnerable populations, particularly people with disabilities, have very little access to healthcare and rarely participate in the economic and social life of the country. It is difficult for them to fully access such fundamental rights as education, vocational training and employment. Most of them thus find themselves in a situation of exclusion and extreme poverty.

Since 2015, the northern areas of Burkina-Faso have been experiencing growing insecurity due to conflicts between the state and non-state armed groups. This prolonged insecurity has led 1 million people to flee their homes, cutting off economic resources essential to their survival.

Number of Handicap International staff members: 187

Date the programme opened: 1991

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