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Burkina Faso

People's beliefs, social taboos or a sense of fatalism mean people with disabilities in the country are often shunned. Humanity & Inclusion defends their fundamental rights and ensures children with disabilities can go to school.

Reading in class, Humanity & Inclusion Burkina Faso

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

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Launched in 1991, the Burkina Faso programme was Humanity & Inclusion's first programme in West Africa. In partnership with the Ministry of Public Health, the organisation converted an orthopaedic fitting centre for veterans. It then supported the development of other rehabilitation centres. Today, Humanity & Inclusion facilitates the implementation of a regional functional rehabilitation network and the integration of this network into the national health system. Humanity & Inclusion trains health and functional rehabilitation professionals: over 120 nurses, health staff, orthoprosthetic technicians and rehabilitation or orthopaedic assistants have already benefited from this training.


Although efforts have been made in Burkina Faso, people with disabilities are often marginalised, from infancy. They have no access to education or vocational training, two areas in which Humanity & Inclusion works to improve their living conditions.


The association promotes initiatives which aim to uphold the fundamental rights of people with disabilities: the right to receive care, work, attend school, etc. Through its educational project, Humanity & Inclusion facilitates access to primary schools for children with disabilities. In order to ensure the sustainability of this project, the organisation trains and raises the awareness of actors in the disability and inclusive education sectors.
Since 2016, Humanity & Inclusion has been running a prevention project on developmental delay, and disabilities in children affected by malnutrition, using physiotherapy, along with emotional and physical stimulation (through parent-children interactions, educational games etc.). As part of this project, over 10,000 Burkinabe children have received specific care. Humanity & Inclusion is also operating a dedicated project to build resilience to food insecurity in the Sahel region.


Humanity & Inclusion started to work with detainees, women, children and people with disabilities in 2017. The organisation proposes personalised support, including vocational training, as well as social and cultural programmes to facilitate re-inclusion.
Since 2017, Humanity & Inclusion has been working alongside Disabled People's Organisations (DPO) to ensure their rights and needs are taken into account in HIV control.

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Background

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the planet. Its most vulnerable inhabitants are often illiterate and suffer from a lack of access to healthcare and very low spending power.

The most vulnerable populations and people with disabilities in particular receive almost no medical assistance and have very little involvement in the country's economic and social life. Their fundamental rights, including access to education, professional training and employment etc. are often not upheld. The vast majority therefore find themselves excluded and suffering from extreme poverty.


The rapid demographic growth in the country's capital Ouagadougou, which now has more than 1.5 million inhabitants, is also an issue: pollution, insecurity, transport health and education infrastructure are not adapted to the needs of people with disabilities.

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