Burkina Faso

Two MSF staff ambushed and killed
08 February 2023: Along the Dedougou-Toughan road, near Dedougou village, Sourou province, Boucle du Mouhoun region, a clearly-marked MSF vehicle carrying a team of four people, including medical staff, was ambushed by armed men who shot at the passengers, killing the logistics supervisor and the driver, both male and from Burkina Faso. The other two […] more
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Health Care

There has been an overall increase in documented incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Burkina Faso in recent years. This is mainly due to rising insecurity in Est region. Health worker kidnappings are common and have been documented in Centre Nord, Est, and Sahel regions. Health workers are often abducted in small groups, often while traveling to provide health care to remote areas of the country.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Factsheet available in English and French. Download the data

Explore our Attacked and Threatened: Health Care at Risk interactive global map to see incidents where health workers were killed, kidnapped or injured and incidents where health facilities were damaged or destroyed since 2016.

Aid in Danger

Aid agencies face access issues in most areas of Burkina Faso. Aid workers are frequently kidnapped by armed groups. Aid workers are also killed and injured, often during hijackings of aid convoys. Drivers of these convoys are frequently targeted during these attacks. Hijacking and looting of aid convoys is common. Data.


Attacks on education in the Sahel, Est, Boucle de Mouhoun, Centre-Nord, Nord, Centre-Ouest, and Ouagadougou regions are common. Schools are set on fire and property looted. Students and teachers shot and killed by armed groups including JNIM or ISGS militants. These attacks have occurred inside schools, on school buses and during road travel. Teacher kidnappings are also common. Data

IDPs and Refugees

Increased conflict in northern regions bordering Mali has increased the movement of people, and violence by armed groups on refugee camps have forced thousands of refugees to leave these camps in search of safer areas. IDPs and refugees are killed and kidnapped by armed groups including JNIM and ISGS militants.