Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa, access to and the quality of health care and nutrition services remains inadequate. Households and communities face increased vulnerability to climatic, social and economic shocks, undermining even the most basic of coping strategies, leaving lives and livelihoods at risk.

URC's earliest project work in Burkina Faso began in 2013 to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable people, households, communities, and systems in targeted agricultural areas. In 2014, URC continued work in Burkina Faso with a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In that same year, URC also initiated a USAID-funded project to improve the health of all people—especially women, children and other vulnerable populations—in Africa by expanding basic health services (including family planning), strengthening national health systems and addressing global issues and special concerns, such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.