Burkina Faso

Violence Against or Obstruction of Health Care in Burkina Faso in 2020

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On May 30, 2020 in Sanmatenga province in the north-eastern Centre-Nord region of Burkina Faso, an aid convoy escorted by military police (gendarmes) was ambushed by an armed group after delivering food to internally displaced people in the area. At least ten people, including an ambulance driver and a nurse, were killed, and about 20 others were injured.


The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) identified 17 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Burkina Faso in 2020, compared to 27 such incidents in 2019. Twenty-five health workers were killed and six hospitals were stormed in these incidents.

This factsheet is based on the dataset 2020 SHCC Health Care Burkina Faso Data, which is available for open-source access on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).