ECHO in brief
In Burkina Faso, the European Commission's humanitarian aid service is represented by an office and staff responsible for monitoring projects and the situation in the country. The office is located within the EU Delegation in Ouagadougou and is assisted from time to time by the Regional Office of Dakar, in specific technical fields (nutrition, health, food assistance, water and sanitation, etc.). In 2016, ECHO is continuing its funding for projects in the areas of health, nutrition, food security and support for refugees and dealing with other humanitarian crises. In 2015, ECHO set up projects in Burkina Faso totalling €17.325 million. For 2016, €14.5 million has already been allocated.
ECHO's strategy for combating malnutrition was introduced in 2005 in the Sahel, following the serious food crisis in Niger. Since then, ECHO has been committed to fighting this scourge in other countries in the sub-region with the highest malnutrition rates, exceeding the alert thresholds of 10 % of children under 5 years of age and sometimes the emergency thresholds of 15 %: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Nigeria and north Togo. The EU has allocated €200 million for humanitarian aid in Burkina Faso since 2007.
ECHO has helped intensify efforts to care for children suffering from severe malnutrition, with 127 000 children looked after in 2014. In Burkina Faso, this help also aims to reduce malnutrition rates over the long term throughout all Sahel countries. Apart from curative care, ECHO funds malnutrition prevention activities including through a range of community actions such as testing, cooking advice and social welfare. Major efforts are also undertaken to promote access to healthcare for the most vulnerable, by funding subsidies for caring for children under 5 years of age as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. In a bid to break the vicious cycle of food crises, the EU strives to tie in its emergency humanitarian aid with its development aid. It has notably been a driving force behind the creation of AGIR, a global alliance including 17 countries from West Africa, sponsors and the aid community, the goal being to end hunger in the region by 2032.
Delegation of the European Union to Burkina Faso
Avenue Kwamé N'Krumah, 1500
01 BP 352 Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
Tel.: +226 25 49 29 00
Fax: +226 25 49 29 99
Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
Regional Office for West Africa
BP 3345 Dakar, Senegal
Tel.: +221 33 869 80 00
Fax.: +221 33 820 93 75
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