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Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the planet. Its most vulnerable citizens are often illiterate and suffer from a lack of access to healthcare and limited spending power.
The most vulnerable populations, and people with disabilities in particular, receive almost no medical assistance and have very little involvement in the country's economic and social life. Their fundamental rights, including access to education, professional training and employment are often not upheld. The vast majority therefore find themselves excluded and suffering from extreme poverty.
85.5% of people with disabilities in Burkina Faso have received no education at all, 56.5% have no occupation, and 72.6% of children with disabilities do not attend school.
The galloping demographic growth of the capital Ouagadougou, which is now home to more than 1.5 million people, has also created issues. These not only relate to problems with pollution and security, but also the transport, health and education infrastructure which is not adapted to the needs of people with disabilities.
After 27 years in power, Blaise Compaore was forced to resign in October 2014 following a popular uprising. An interim government has been put into place until the Presidential elections which are set to be held in October 2015. These events have stunted growth in the country, which the IMF estimates will be 5% for 2015, down 1-2 points on the forecasts.