Landlocked Burkina Faso in West Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world.
8.4 million people in Burkina Faso do not have clean water.
14 million people in Burkina Faso do not have a decent toilet.
Over 4,000 children under five die a year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.
Droughts have made water scarce and caused many people to move to unplanned urban slums where services are poor.
8.4 million people in Burkina Faso lack access to clean water. The sanitation situation is even worse, with only 22% of people having access to a decent toilet. As a result, defecating in the open is common, contaminating water sources further.
Over 4,000 children under the age of five die every year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.
Droughts are increasingly common and water supply services in many areas are inadequate. In one part of the country, mining activity often contaminates the water with arsenic.
WaterAid has been working in Burkina Faso since 2001. We work through local partners who understand the specific challenges faced, to ensure we reach those most in need.
We also carry out advocacy work to influence key decision-makers. Our efforts have inspired the government to carry out a country-wide campaign on sanitation and hold a national sanitation forum.
Our work is focussed on reaching the poorest and most marginalised people. One example is a credit scheme for sanitation and soap-making enterprises, enabling women to earn an income while raising hygiene awareness.
In Burkina Faso last year we reached:
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Rapid urbanisation, drought and groundwater contamination create huge challenges in Burkina Faso.
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