COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Burkina Faso

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Burkina Faso

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.

COVID response in Burkina Faso

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Burkina Faso?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Burkina Faso, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Most centers in Burkina Faso are hosting small group activities and classes, while a handful have been able to fully reopen. Staff members continue to make phone calls and home visits to children and caregivers in communities where there are active outbreaks. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 600,000 food packs and nearly 584,00 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Burkina Faso

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The restrictive measures of the pandemic are still having an impact on families living in extreme poverty. Rosalie is a 38-year-old single mother of two whose health worsened after a series of difficult births and miscarriages. She was abandoned by her husband after she gave birth to her son, Sylvain. She could rarely provide three meals for her children, and often had to beg for food from neighbors. But three years ago, when Sylvain was three, he was registered at the Compassion center in their community. When the pandemic hit, Sylvain and Rosalie were not forgotten. Each month they received food baskets, and Rosalie was even able to participate in classes on how to successfully run her own small business, so when restrictions finally eased she could find work.

“I no longer need to beg food from neighbors because the center has blessed me with a bag of 25kg of rice, cooking oil, a box of soap, spaghetti, tomato, milk and biscuits. This food pack will sustain us not for a day or a week, but it will last longer than any food storage we ever had. So, I am very happy and grateful for the invaluable support of the church,” says Rosalie.

How can I pray for Burkina Faso?

Pray for the resources hospitals and clinics need to care for those who are suffering – whether from COVID-19 or illnesses they have had to ignore during the pandemic. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Burkina Faso
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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