There is a rise in insecurity in Burkina Faso characterized by persistent terrorist attacks, cross-border crime, community conflicts and armed robberies that threaten the country's stability and development. This insecurity causes, above all, numerous losses of human lives and displacements of populations. As of December, 31st 2020 (1), the country recorded 1,074,993 internally displaced persons, more than 80% of whom are women and children.
Because of the insecurity, most medical facilities in the Sahel, Centre-Nord and Nord regions have closed or are struggling to function. This situation increases the vulnerability of women of childbearing age, especially pregnant women who give birth at home in sanitary conditions conducive to infection, without assistance or in the hands of unqualified personnel, as well as children who no longer have access to routine vaccination services in some areas. In addition to these problems, access to safe drinking water is a vital issue in the main areas hosting IDPs.
(1) Statistical Yearbook 2019-2020 - MENA-PLN