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Burkina Faso: OCHA continues humanitarian response amid COVID-19

16 Apr 2020

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A displaced woman at a UN-supported settlement for internally displaced persons in Barsologho in the north of Burkina Faso, June 2019. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

A fragile national health-care system and displacement in Burkina Faso are heightening the risk of the spread of COVID-19, with 24 per cent of health centres either closed and/or functioning in areas with humanitarian needs due to conflict and other factors.

Ongoing displacement is also challenging epidemic control measures and increasing the risk of the spread of the virus. Nearly 800,000 people are displaced in Burkina Faso.

While government restrictions due to COVID-19 are impacting humanitarian operations and access to displaced populations, the Humanitarian Country Team is engaging with the Government to secure humanitarian operations from quarantine for the continuity of the response.

OCHA, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, is also working with the clusters to identify required adjustments for the Humanitarian Response Plan while ensuring alignment with the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19 and the Government’s Preparedness and Response Plan.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has also earmarked US$4.1 million of the global COVID CERF allocation of $75 million, announced on 25 March, for Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is the country most impacted by COVID-19 in West Africa, with 8 out of 13 regions affected. As of 16 April, 542 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed and 32 deaths recorded.