Last Updated: 07/27/2021
As of July 18, Burkina Faso is reporting an average of four new cases of COVID-19 per day, but the true figure may be higher because testing remains limited. So far, the country has given out over 33,000 vaccine doses, enough to vaccinate less than 1% of the population. The country’s overall situation continues to worsen due to the lack of necessities like clean water, shelter and medical care. A widespread lack of food is also reported. As these factors play out, women, children and other vulnerable population groups are at risk of malnutrition and violence.
Many child development centers are allowing children to return in small groups for activities and classes, but some are only able to make home visits and phone calls to check on families. A few centers in Burkina Faso have been able to recently reopen. Compassion partner churches have distributed over 600,000 food packs and nearly 584,00 hygiene kits to families and continue to work to raise awareness of COVID-19 preventive measures. They also have helped over 112,000 individuals obtain medical care.