HI defends the fundamental rights of people with disabilities and is responding to the urgent needs of people affected by conflict.
In Burkina Faso, Humanity & Inclusion takes care of Kotime (standard wheelchair, rehabilitation, inclusion). | © Olivier Czar Katona / HI
Actions in process
HI is facilitating the development of a regional functional rehabilitation network and the integration of this network into Burkina’s national health system. Our teams are currently training health and functional rehabilitation professionals. Through the programme's inclusive education project, HI is also facilitating access for children with disabilities to primary and post-primary school and vocational training, whilst ensuring the quality of their education. To ensure the sustainability of this project, our teams are training and informing people working in the disability and inclusive education sectors.
HI is also responding to the needs of households facing insecurity, espacially food insecurity, in the Sahel region, with a project for strengthening the resilience and social cohesion of vulnerable populations in the cross-border regions of Burkina Faso (Sahel region) and Niger (Tillabery region).
HI's response to humanitarian needs aims to support vulnerable populations who have experienced shock or trauma because of the crisis (including students and teachers) and meet the basic needs of the settled population in Soum province (the second most affected province by population displacement). HI is a member of the consortium that runs the "Rapid Response Mechanism" project in Burkina Faso, designed to alert and provide information on the needs of displaced populations. The programme is also leading a project aimed at encouraging humanitarian aid actors to make their projects more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.
Situation of the country
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its most vulnerable populations are affected by a lack of access to health care and by the consequences of conflicts between the State and non-state armed groups in the northeast of the country.
Burkina Faso is a very low-income Sahelian country with limited natural resources. The country has no coastline and is heavily dependent on trade with the coastal countries of the Gulf of Guinea and Mali. People are affected by illiteracy, lack of access to health care, lack of resources and reduced purchasing power.
The most vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, have little or no medical support and participate little in the country’s economic and social life. It is difficult for them to fully access such basic rights as education, vocational training and employment. Most of them find themselves in situations of exclusion and extreme poverty.
Burkina Faso has been hit hard by insecurity since 2015 due to fighting between the State and non-state armed groups, most of which claim affiliation to al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
Number of Hl staff members: 187
Date the programme opened: 1991