Ouagadougou, 1 August 2022 (TDI): Under the conditions of rising malnutrition within the West African country of Burkina Faso, UNICEF stepped up for help.

The Global Director for Nutrition at UNICEF, Dr. Victor Aguayo showed support to the teams working there by visiting a health center. He also provided therapeutic food for the treatment of malnourished children.


Burkina Faso has been dealing with many issues for the past several years. These issues are quite interlinked as due to the rising insecurity levels, about two million people in Burkina Faso have been internally displaced.

This leads to food shortages and acute malnutrition among children. Gradually with the help of UNICEF, the number of malnourished being treated has increased.

However, along with this, the number of malnourished children has also been rising which is why more assistance and funds are required to deal with this issue.

Humanitarian Needs and Condition Overview

An estimated 1.7 million people require protection in Burkina Faso, according to the HRP i.e. Humanitarian Response Plan 2022. In addition, 3.5 million people will require humanitarian assistance in 2022.

The overthrow of government officials through a coup d’état led by the military on 24 January 2022 created political instability in the country. This further escalated the already existing humanitarian, food, economic, and security crisis.

Partnerships and Funding

About the US $165.9 million were funded for this cause mainly due to the appeal of HAC i.e. (2022 UNICEF) Humanitarian Action for Children.

The UNICEF at Burkina Faso also recognizes the great support from its key partners who were able to contribute the generous amount of US $10.2 million in 2022.

The 900,000 US$ received in 2022 from the Global Humanitarian Thematic Fund also provided great assistance to the people of Burkina Faso and especially those in need.

UNICEF also urges the world for more funds in the context of the deteriorating nutrition crisis that still exists in Burkina Faso.