In Burkina Faso, Humanity & Inclusion defends the fundamental rights of people with disabilities and is responding to the urgent needs of people affected by conflict.
Kotime lost the use of her legs when she was 9 years old. To help her regain mobility, HI has provided her with a wheelchair and rehabilitation. | © Olivier Czar Katona / HI
Humanity & Inclusion is facilitating the development of a regional functional rehabilitation network and the integration of this network into Burkina Faso’s national health system. Our teams are currently training health and functional rehabilitation professionals. Through the program's inclusive education project, HI is also facilitating access for children with disabilities to primary and post-primary school and vocational training while ensuring the quality of their education. To ensure the sustainability of this project, our teams are training people working in the disability and inclusive education sectors.
HI is also responding to the needs of households facing insecurity, especially food insecurity, in the Sahel region, with a project for strengthening the resilience and social cohesion of populations with acute needs in the cross-border regions of Burkina Faso (Sahel region) and Niger (Tillabery region).
HI's response to humanitarian needs supports people who have experienced crisis-related trauma and meets the basic needs of the displaced people living in Soum province. 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 program is also leading a project that encourages humanitarian aid actors to make their projects more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. People experiencing extreme hardship 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 is located inland and is heavily dependent on trade with coastal countries. People are affected by illiteracy, lack of access to health care, lack of resources and reduced purchasing power.
People with disabilities and others experiencing vulnerability have little or no medical support and have limited participation 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 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 with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
Number of Hl staff members: 187
Date the program launched: 1991