In Burkina Faso, getting children out of the gold mines
GOROL KADJE, Burkina Faso, 11 June 2014 – In the northern reaches of Burkina Faso, not far from Dori, 15-year-old Boureima Hawma Boukoum is lowered down a mineshaft the width of a manhole. Clinging to a rope cranked by hand, he descends more than 30 metres. An old torch, held to his head by strips of inner tube, provides the only light. At the bottom of the shaft, he crawls another 10 metres through narrow tunnels and starts to dig. He's looking for gold.
Finding local solutions in a regional food crisis
DORI, Burkina Faso, 17 May 2013 - After 35 days at Dori Hospital, 15 of them in a coma, 2-year-old Mariama now weighs 6.5 kilograms and is on the road to recovery. When she arrived, she weighed just five kilograms and was suffering from severe malnutrition with complications. Over the last two years, this referral hospital in the hot and dry north of Burkina Faso has seen a steady flow of such cases, as a large-scale nutrition crisis across nine countries of the Sahel region has left more than a million children at risk for or suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
In Burkina Faso, a garden maintained by local women benefits a whole community
OUAHIGOUYA, Burkina Faso, 15 October 2012 - In northwest Burkina Faso, deep in the Sahel belt, a small oasis is beginning to take shape.
Education a first step to improving nutrition security in Burkina Faso
OUAHIGOUYA, Burkina Faso, 10 September 2012 - A thin dusting of bright green shoots covers the sandy plains around Ouahigouya, in northwest Burkina Faso. Recent rains have broken a three-year drought, and vegetation in this arid region has come to life.
UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2012 – As the hunger season begins in the Sahel region of Africa, UNICEF is launching a massive fund-raising campaign to help the more than 1 million children in danger of dying from severe acute malnutrition.
Threat of malnutrition dire in Africa's Sahel region due to increasing food shortages
DAKAR, Senegal, 12 December 2011 – It’s not a tsunami or an earthquake – it is a predictable emergency. UNICEF estimates more than a million children under five will need to be treated in feeding centres for severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. It is a staggeringly high number, and there is little time to prepare.
In Burkina Faso, leaders meet to discuss the importance of investing in nutrition
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 21 September 2011– Recently nominated Nutrition Advocate for West Africa, and President of Cape Verde from 1991 to 2001, Mr. António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro has ended a three-day visit to Burkina Faso ahead of his participation at the UN High Level Meeting on Nutrition in New York on 20 September 2011. In his new role, Mr. Monteiro is engaging with senior government officials on the importance of investing in nutrition not only to reduce the burden of undernutrition and child mortality, but also to increase economic development throughout the region.
UNICEF and partners support disability rights for children and families in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 6 September 2011 – Asseta Djatin, now 32, was born here in Burkina Faso’s capital. She was a happy and healthy child until she fell ill at the age of six.
Latest round of immunization fights maternal and neonatal tetanus in Burkina Faso
KAYA, Burkina Faso, 19 July 2011 – Maternal and neonatal tetanus, or MNT, is a swift and painful disease that can threaten the lives of mothers and newborns.
International Women’s Day in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 10 March 2011 - Burkina Faso has come a long way in addressing the education needs of its children. In 2000, just 44 per cent were enrolled in primary schools. By 2010, this had increased to almost 75 per cent.
New vaccine provides protection against meningitis in Burkina Faso
BANFORA, Burkina Faso, 30 December 2010 – The villages of Dègue Dègue and Nofesso are situated 60 km east and south, respectively, from the town of Banfora in western Burkina Faso. In early December 2010, health centres in these villages were set astir as communities and families gathered en masse to receive the new meningitis vaccine.
Meningitis vaccination campaign targets 12 million in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 8 December 2010 – .By the end of next week, 12 million Burkinabe children and young adults will receive a new meningitis vaccine. The drive to tackle this potentially fatal disease, which infects the lining around the brain and spinal cord, was launched by President Blaise Compaoré in the presence of leaders and ministers from other African countries affected by meningitis.
UNICEF-sponsored Tour du Burkina Faso pedals a message of child survival
OUGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 18 November 2010 – The recent 24th edition of the Tour du Burkina Faso was a great opportunity for UNICEF to communicate messages on child survival. More than 4 million Burkinabe received information on critical family practices as the tour passed through their towns and villages.
Women spearhead water and sanitation progress in Burkina Faso
GANZOURGOU PROVINCE, Burkina Faso, 17 September 2010 – Nurse Roland Nikiéma, 26, needs only to reach for a pile of dog-eared ledgers to produce evidence that his hard work is making headway.
Aid urgently needed for those displaced by severe flooding in West Africa
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 8 September 2009 – Burkina Faso and its capital city, Ouagadougou, were among the regions most affected by severe flooding that raged across West Africa early this week.
Retraining helps children secure safer future outside of the mines in Burkina Faso
GANGAOL, Burkina Faso, 8 June 2009 - Gangaol village is located between the Sahel Region and the Centre-North of Burkina Faso. This is a hot and scrubby land, bordering the desert, where increasingly marginal land is being used to farm millet and sorghum - the only crops that can grow here. The region has been struck by frequent droughts and locust swarms, which resulted in famine in 1973, 1984 and 2005.
National campaign accelerates birth registration in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 13 May 2009 – In Burkina Faso, as in many developing countries, millions of children are still making their way through life impoverished, abandoned, malnourished and uneducated. Having gone unregistered since birth, they are in danger of being forgotten and denied access to essential social services.
Polio immunization campaign targets every child in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 15 April 2009 – Too young to understand the importance of receiving her oral polio vaccination, three-year-old Mouniratou Ouzeita needed some encouragement before she allowed the immunization worker to administer the life-saving drops. But after it was all over, she happily accepted a round of applause.
Schoolchildren adopt improved sanitation and hygiene practices in Burkina Faso
WEOTENGA, Burkina Faso, 22 January 2009 – For the students at the Weotenga Primary School in central Burkina Faso, handwashing with soap is anything but a chore. In fact, it’s the latest craze, thanks to efforts by UNICEF to elevate the importance of personal hygiene in the region.
Scaling up HIV/AIDS treatment for children and mothers in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 6 January 2009 – Until he started receiving life saving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, 12-year-old Pascal was often too sick to get out of bed. Today he is like any other child, laughing and playing with his younger brother, Bernard.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits school in Burkina Faso
OUGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 7 May 2008 – “When I was a child I studied in more difficult conditions than those I can see today. In my country, schools were seriously damaged as a result of the war. Therefore I schooled under the trees trying to be sheltered from the rain. The UN and UNICEF in particular greatly supported my country at that time.”
Women working for themselves and their community in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 9 April 2008 – A women's association in Burkina Faso is helping single mothers and widows to reclaim their independence through various types of employment.
Kiemde’s story: Combating HIV/AIDS through peer-to-peer education
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 1 April 2008 – Approximately 120,000 children in Burkina Faso have lost a parent to HIV/AIDS. Among them, is Kiemde, 12, who lost his father two years ago. Now, he dedicates every weekend to teaching his classmates and friends how to protect themselves against the virus that took his father’s life.
Peer education raises youth AIDS awareness in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 1 November 2007 – Every weekend, Oumou, 13, leads a peer discussion group to raise youth awareness about HIV/AIDS – including its consequences and how to prevent them – as part of a peer-education programme here.
Support still needed two months after the disastrous floods in Karangasso Sambla
KARANGASSO-SAMBLA, Burkina Faso, 15 October 2007 – All that is left of 14-year-old Jeanne Dye’s family’s home is a heap of stones. One month after the torrential rains which caused disastrous flooding in Karangasso-Sambla, Jeanne vividly remembers the night her whole life turned upside down.
In West Africa flood response, UNICEF focuses on the most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 25 September 2007 – Four weeks of heavy flooding have taken a damaging toll on countries in West and Central Africa, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced, several hundred killed, and homes and farmland swept away.
Clubs help girls stay in school and succeed in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 13 July 2007 – Alice is in a good mood because she has received a high grade in French class. “It is very important to learn in order to understand what surrounds us,” she tells her friends during a break between classes.
Ensuring a brighter future for child detainees in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 6 July 2007 - Staring into the air as if he were trying to forget about his misfortune, Tapsoba, 17, sits in the Ouagadougou Rehabilitation Prison (MACO) in Burkina Faso. He has been in jail for almost eight months now, after being sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for an attempted break-in.
Burkinabe communities struggle to support early childhood education centres
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 26 June 2007 – It is school time in the Ouagadougou suburbs. Little children sitting in a ‘bisongo’ – a community-based learning centre supported by UNICEF and Catholic Relief Services, a US-based non-governmental organization – are writing numbers on their individual slates.
At Burkinabe festival, youth jury gives UNICEF award to child rights film
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkino Faso, 12 March 2007 – At an awards ceremony held here earlier this month, during FESPACO, Africa’s largest film festival, UNICEF honoured ‘Un matin bonne heure’ (Early One Morning) with a prize for the promotion of child rights. Guinean director Gahité Fofana received the UNICEF trophy and 2 million CFA francs.
First-ever woman chief appointed in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 8 March 2007 – The Naaba Saaga, traditional chief of Issouka, Burkina Faso, sat under a canopy, holding his cane of office and wearing the red ‘bonnet’ that symbolizes his chiefdom. He was dressed in elaborate ceremonial robes, the same as the ones worn before him by his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Burkina Faso training centre helps protect young women from exploitation
TOUGAN, Burkina Faso, 16 February 2007 – Seated on an old-fashioned bamboo chair with her eyes downcast, Djerma Salimata, 20, does not seem eager to think back to the time when she worked as house help in Bobo Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso.
Nutrition education for mothers promotes child health in Burkina Faso
KOUDOUBMO, Burkina Faso, 21 September 2006 – In this village located in a remote area of Gourcy, Burkina Faso – one of the world’s least developed nations – a recently established nutrition rehabilitation centre is providing life-saving services to moderately undernourished children and their mothers.
Child returnees from Côte d’Ivoire go back to school in Burkina Faso
BOBO DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso, 22 August 2006 – Ousmane Nyenyi, 14, has never gone to school. Like many of their neighbors from the Serfalao commune in Bobo Dioulasso, western Burkina Faso, he and his family had to flee from their adopted country, Côte d’Ivoire, when war broke out there four years ago.
In Burkina Faso, breastfeeding programme works to lower infant mortality
KOUPELA, Burkina Faso, 4 August 2006 – In the heat of the midday sun on a busy village street, a young mother breastfeeds her three-month-old son. She knows it is the optimal source of nutrition for the child.
Regional Director visits community-based child nutrition centres in Burkina Faso
NEW YORK, USA, 3 August 2006 – UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, is in Burkina Faso to witness firsthand community-based efforts to tackle child malnutrition.
For parents and children in western Burkina Faso, school enrolment is a challenge
BOBO DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso, 22 June 2006 – Attending school is a challenge for many children in western Burkina Faso. Parents cannot afford the costly fees to enrol their children in private schools. As a result, the affordable, state-owned schools are suffering from severe overcrowding.
At a children’s festival in Burkina Faso, a ‘heartfelt cry’ to fight AIDS
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 28 April 2006 – The First Lady of Burkina Faso, Chantal Compaoré, joined over 130 boys and girls here for the ‘Deni Show’, a yearly cultural festival celebrating children’s rights.
Danny Glover visits children with HIV in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 2 March 2005 - Renowned actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover is in Burkina Faso, serving as an official guest and jury member of the nineteenth Pan African Festival of Cinema and Television. The festival runs from 26 February to 5 March 2005 in Ouagadougou, where Glover visited the Notre Dame of Fatima hospitality centre of Saint Camille de Lellis, which cares for children with HIV.
UNICEF launches new report for meeting of ‘La Francophonie’
OUAGADOUGOU/NEW YORK, 24 November 2004 – Representatives from over 50 member and observer states of International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), a group of countries in which French is widely spoken – are meeting this week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to improve collaboration on development planning and financing.