Results around the world – Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest nations in the world.  In 2017, the country ranked 183rd out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index, and 145th out of 160 countries on the UNDP’s Gender Inequality Index. However, the country has made significant progress in the area of basic education, access to safe drinking water, and the fight against HIV / AIDS.

In Burkina Faso, the challenges preventing the full respect of women’s rights are multiple and gender-based violence is frequent. The country still faces a high rate of maternal mortality which is influenced by such social and cultural factors as multiple and closely spaced pregnancies as well as inadequate sexual education programs. Half of women also suffer from anemia and almost a third of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.

Canada’s development assistance priorities in Burkina Faso support the country’s Plan national de développement économique et social 2016-2020. Specifically, Canada’s programs target the following action areas:

Canada also helped to address development-related nutrition and health issues through multilateral organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and GAVI – The Vaccine Alliance. 

Key results

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