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A group of teachers, training in inclusive education
© Handicap International

As in many other countries, people with disabilities in Burkina Faso suffer from a lack of recognition and are poorly integrated into their communities. Although efforts have been made to change this situation, they remain on the margins of society and live in advanced poverty.

Handicap International's work in Burkina Faso is focused on four key areas:
- helping organise an efficient and coordinated access system for rehabilitation care;
- the implementation of a care-management service for patients with lymphatic filariasis within the framework of a national programme to eliminate the disease (the leading disabling disease in Burkina);
- promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities into mainstream schools in partnership with the Ministry for Basic Education; Medical case-management
- Promoting the rights of people with disabilities and capacity-building

Based on the Burkina Faso programme, initiatives were also launched in Niger in 2006. The site currently supports disabled people's organisations in Niamey and organisations engaged in the fight against mines in the north of the country

Live link to programme

Teacher with the children
© Handicap International
November 24 2009. The program day-to-day
Inclusion in schools /

Ensure education of children with disabilities

Over the last few months, Handicap International has supported a number of initiatives designed to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities within the mainstream educational system. read

Djortté K, his wife and his daughter
© Handicap International
November 24 2009. Testimony
The fight against disabling diseases /

A new life for Djortté K

Handicap International runs a filariasis control project in Burkina Faso. This disease, which is caused by a parasitic worm, can be caught via a mosquito bite. read

Dr Adama Guira
© Handicap International
April 11 2006. Testimony
The fight against disabling diseases /

“Beating hydrocele, a poverty-related disease”

Dr Amada Guira is a surgeon and has been head of the surgery department at the Tenkodogo Regional Hospital for four years. read

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