Burkina Faso: Providing cash transfers for vulnerable people living with HIV and key populations — Lessons learned from a World Food Programme and UNAIDS initiative to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in western and central Africa

07 July 2022

Burkina Faso is a low-income Sahelian country with a population of over 20 million, 40% of whom live below the national poverty line. Despite significant progress over the last two decades, Burkina Faso faces considerable development challenges, notably in health and education. Insecurity in the north and the east of the country caused a dramatic increase in the number of internally displaced persons (from 50 000 in January 2019 to more than 1 million in December 2020). This has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has led to disruptions in access to education and health services, which have been further compounded by COVID-19.