Burkina Faso

Dicko (left) was injured in an attack on his village. He and his family fled to Barsalogho camp. “All I want is to go back home and take care of the cattle," he said. "But I am not sure that my parents are ready for that. Our place is not safe.”
BURKINA FASO 2019 © Caroline Frechard/MSF
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened new projects in Burkina Faso’s northernmost provinces in 2018, but our efforts to meet the needs of communities near the border with Mali were hampered by violence.

Civilians were caught up in clashes between armed groups and the security forces, particularly in the Sahel region bordering Mali, where thousands were forced to flee their homes. In the capital, Ouagadougou, coordinated attacks were launched on the French embassy and Burkina Faso's military headquarters, leaving 30 people dead.

We opened projects in the northern provinces of Soum and Oudalan midway through the year, to increase the provision of emergency health care services and assist local and displaced communities in deserted health districts.

We supported three hospitals in Dori, Gorom-Gorom, and Djibo, reinforcing their emergency room capacity by training staff, rehabilitating buildings, and operating theaters, and donating medical equipment and medicines. We fully equipped Gorom-Gorom hospital’s emergency room and deployed a team of surgeons and anaesthetists to increase the capacity of Djibo hospital’s surgical unit. 


MSF projects in Burkina Faso

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In addition, we started supporting several rural health centers in Soum and Oudalan, providing free medical care for children with malaria and diarrhoea. However, these activities were repeatedly interrupted due to growing insecurity.

Further south, we continued to support the Ministry of Health in its response to the dengue epidemic that had been declared in Centre region in September 2017. We established a network of facilities to assist with surveillance and diagnose suspected cases, as well as training health care staff and helping to set up a contingency plan in the event of a new outbreak.