Country Stats

  • Total population: 22,673,762
  • Number of Burkinabés requiring humanitarian assistance: 3.5 million
  • People displaced in only 2 years: 1.9 million people

Concern's Impact

  • Concern's involvement in Burkina Faso: Since 2021
  • Emergency assistance provided to 350 households for basic food and shelter needs

A landlocked country in western Africa that’s home to 21.5 million, Burkina Faso is the site of a growing crisis that has gone largely underreported in our media.

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.

"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, Concern Programs Director

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 3.5 million Burkinabés, require humanitarian assistance — a 60% increase in the last year. Burkina Faso also has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

Latest Achievements

Emergency Response

Over 350 households received emergency assistance to cover their basic food and shelter needs after fleeing armed conflict in the East and Sahel regions.

Health & Nutrition

We have worked with health centers and community health workers in the Pouytenga health district to provide improved health and nutritional services to over 50,000 people, including displaced families.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

We have provided 1,000 basic hygiene and dignity kits to displaced people to limit their risk of illness and improve living conditions.

Woman with her two children at an unofficial IDP site in the Centre North region of Burkina FasoWoman receives a non-food item (NFI) kit of essentials.
Woman with her 10 day old daughter, Lenka.Concern staff visit and meet with IDPs in Pouytenga Centre East, Burkina Faso.

Our Work In Burkina Faso

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

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