RAISE 4 Sahel meets the challenge of vaccinating displaced communities in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is facing a major immunisation challenge, particularly in the northern region where security instability has led to massive population displacement. In March 2023, the Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation recorded 256,000 internally displaced people in the northern region. Most of them, mainly women and children, have not received the necessary vaccinations.
World Vision Burkina Faso
World Vision began working in Burkina Faso in 2021 to help with the increasing needs caused by the ongoing crisis. We help children and their communities through integrated, multi-sectoral programs. We focus on improving child protection, WASH, health, nutrition, and livelihoods. World Vision do this through evidence-based interventions and by strengthening the social protection system.
World Vision assists individuals in need, regardless of their religious beliefs, race, ethnicity, or gender. We offer support to alleviate suffering and promote resilience. In addition, we are helping people affected by conflict and humanitarian crises, and our aim is to reach over 420,000 people, with 59% being children under 18.
World Vision works in Burkina Faso using a mix of direct and partnering operations. We work with trusted partners who are already helping the affected communities and have a good record of accomplishment. Our commitment is to reinforce – not replace – national and local systems as part of the partnership-building process.
We aim to assist our partners, including local governments and community organizations, by offering support in different areas. These areas include technology, organization, finances, and logistics.
We aim to ensure that we care for, protect, educate, and make all children feel loved. Our strategy is a promise to build brighter futures for vulnerable children in Burkina Faso.
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Our Areas of Focus
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
In Burkina Faso, there is an increasing need for assistance with water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
This is due to several factors, including the worsening security situation, ongoing population movements, and economic and climate issues. The PIN WASH has risen from 0.5 million in 2019 to 4,433,703 people for the whole country in 2023.
World Vision works on providing clean water, hygiene, and sanitation. This helps reduce poverty and improves the health and happiness of children. Access to reliable water in a community boosts food production and creates income opportunities for women.
We are fixing water sources, building new wells, and forming committees to manage water and sanitation in communities.
Food security and livelihoods
Climate changes and permanent population movements in the productive regions have resulted in a loss of livelihoods, a growing collapse in agro-silvopastoral production and pressure on natural resources.
World Vision is working with communities to improve livelihood and resilience to shocks. Thus, community members strengthen themselves to develop sustainable food production, disaster management and prevention, and develop sustainable social safety net systems in communities.
Protection, child participation and gender
Children are a particularly vulnerable group because of their increased exposure to various forms of violations of their rights.
We work with communities to stop abuse, exploitation, and violence against children. We also help when it happens and support child survivors of abuse.
We train religious and community leaders on child protection, gender-based violence and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. We ensure that affected communities, especially women and girls, have access to mental health and psychosocial support services. Word Vision's work promotes children's involvement and gender equality in their families and communities.
Health and nutrition
We want to help reduce the number of mothers and children who die by improving health and nutrition practices.
We want to ensure that mothers, newborns and children under five have access to quality essential health care services. We strengthen the capacity of health workers to provide community and primary health care, including sexual and reproductive health services, immunization, and management of malnutrition.
In nutrition, World Vision Burkina Faso has a proven record of accomplishment of strengthening the capacity of communities to prevent and detect malnutrition. We have also contributed to capacity building (in prevention, early detection and referral of malnutrition cases) of infant and young child feeding support groups through nutrition education sessions to promote behavioural change and the adoption of good food and nutrition practices.