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Burkina Faso

Landlocked Burkina Faso in West Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world.
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14 million people don't have access to improved sanitation in Burkina Faso.


3 million people in Burkina Faso lack access to an improved water source.


Over 4,000 children under five years old die annually from poor water and sanitation in Burkina Faso.

Droughts have made water scarce and caused many people to move to unplanned urban slums where services are poor.

The crisis

3 million people in Burkina Faso lack access to safe water. The sanitation situation is even worse, with only 22% of people having access to a toilet. As a result, defecating in the open is common, contaminating water sources further.

6,000 children under the age of five die every year from preventable diarrheal diseases.

Droughts are increasingly common and water supply services in many areas are inadequate. In one part of the country, mining activity often contaminates the water with arsenic.

Our approach

WaterAid has been working in Burkina Faso since 2001. We work through local partners who understand the specific challenges faced, to ensure we reach those most in need.

We also carry out advocacy work to influence key decision-makers. Our efforts have inspired the government to carry out a country-wide campaign on sanitation and hold a national sanitation forum.

Our work is focused on reaching the poorest and most marginalized people. One example is a credit scheme for sanitation and soap-making enterprises, enabling women to earn an income while raising hygiene awareness.

Our impact

In Burkina Faso last year we reached:

  • 53,000 people with safe water
  • 150,000 people with improved sanitation
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