BARKA Foundation is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation in Burkina Faso. We will continue to update this page with the latest news, updating the timeline below with significant events and information.

The healthcare system in Burkina Faso is already virtually on its knees due to an ongoing unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and most medical facilities in Sahel, Centre-Nord and Nord regions have either closed or are barely able to function. There is concern that a widespread outbreak of Coronavirus could have catastrophic results.

Please also check BARKA’s news archives The BARKIVES for the latest news articles about COVID-19 in Burkina Faso from the international press.

BARKA has joined a UNICEF-led response team of international and local NGOs and local government to create a more efficient and collaborative approach to combating the many problems our communities are facing. BARKA is also currently developing a major new project to ensure that more than 40,000 internally displaced people in the city of Fada N’Gourma have clean water to drink.

In the past several months, BARKA supported several local women’s organizations in the Fada area by purchasing locally produced soap.  As markets, sales and revenue dried up for local sellers, this provided much-needed income for dozens of women in several women-run associations.

BARKA also raised funds through an online grassroots campaign to produce masks made locally from traditional cloth with locally grown cotton. Masks went to over 1000 students taking final exams in August, 2020 to over 1000 IDPs in Fada, and 500 prisoners who were most vulnerable.

See press release here and local news coverage here.

Number of people reached thus far with soap distribution, handwashing sensitization and mask distribution: 9900.

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BARKA’s Response for its Burkina Faso Staff: Currently we are happy to report that all staffers are healthy and no one has fallen sick. We are taking measures to protect staff with masks and gloves when they interact with villagers and other beneficiaries.

If you are in Burkina Faso and feel sick, call the Burkina Faso hotline at (226) 52-19-53-94 or (226) 70-95-93-27, or dial 35 35, if you suspect you might have COVID-19.

Current COVID Case numbers and statistics per the Ministry of Health: (updated monthly):

Total Number of Cases of COVID-19 since March 9:  15,103 (as of October 31)

*Cases are currently spiking in Ouagadougou after the 10-day international film festival FESPACO took place which brought may foreigners to the country. The US government has raised its Travel Advisory warning to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Number of Deaths: 221

Number of Recoveries: 14,661

Total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19: 364,565