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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - Burkina Faso

16 Sep 2020

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Kaya, Burkina Faso, 5 March 2020. Credit: WFP/Aurélia Rusek

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 16 September 2020

Burkina Faso: Humanitarian situation

OCHA reports that the humanitarian situation in Burkina Faso is deteriorating rapidly, with the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance increasing by 30 per cent – from 2.2 million in January 2020 to 2.9 million in July 2020.

As of September 2020, worsening insecurity has forced more than 1 million people, many of whom have been displaced several times, to flee their homes.

On top of the growing insecurity, climate shocks have contributed to the worst food crisis in a decade in Burkina Faso. Some 15 per cent of the population is facing crisis or worse levels of food insecurity, according to the Government’s July 2020 Harmonized Framework data.

Since the beginning of April 2020, floods and windstorms have affected more than 71,000 people across Burkina Faso, over 60 per cent of them in the two most conflict-affected regions – Sahel and Centre Nord – according to the national emergency management authority.

Throughout the same period, 13 deaths have been reported, with 50 people injured due to the flooding. More than 500 people are sheltering in schools or other public buildings. Emergency food assistance, dignity and health kits, as well as health care are among the most pressing humanitarian needs, according to the national emergency management authority.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Burkina Faso has increased to 1,733, with 56 deaths and 1,141 recoveries reported. Twelve of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions have recorded at least a case of the virus.

In addition, 294 health facilities remain closed or are operating at minimal capacity, leaving more than 1.2 million people without access to adequate health care.

Despite the increase in humanitarian needs in Burkina Faso, funding for the humanitarian response remains low, with just 36 per cent of the US$424 million required received.

On 8 September 2020, the Government of Denmark, in partnership with the Government of Germany, the European Union and the United Nations, hosted a virtual senior officials’ meeting on the Central Sahel, which focused on operational lessons learned and forward-looking plans relating to humanitarian action, development and peace efforts, including special attention to the impact and consequences of COVID-19. The second part of that event will include a ministerial round table that will take place on Tuesday, 20 October 2020.