Where We Work

Burundi

Burundi has been plagued by corruption and prolonged conflict between rival Tutsi and Hutu tribes and is among the world’s poorest countries. Today, 1.1 million people in Burundi are considered in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of ongoing political crisis and climate-induced drought. Food shortages, poverty and a lack of clean water contribute to a 60 percent chronic malnutrition rate among children. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, some quarter of a million Burundians – more than half of them children – have fled to neighboring countries. The internal flows of displacement are increasing the pressure on host communities whose resources and access to services are limited. There is also added pressure on food security, nutrition and livelihoods. International Medical Corps has worked in Burundi since 1995 and administers programs aimed at strengthening health centers, training health care workers and providing nutrition and food assistance activities to reduce malnutrition.

Population

11.179 Million 

Life expectancy

56.69 years 

Internally displaced people

70,000 

The Challenges

Weak Health Systems

Ongoing political instability, violence and internal displacement have severely limited the population’s access to basic health services

Malnutrition

58% of people are chronically malnourished (WFP 2016)

Poor Sanitation And Hygiene

Much of the population does not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation resources, leaving people vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases like cholera and typhoid

Our Response

Primary Health Care

International Medical Corps trains local health care professionals, community-based health workers and community leaders in effective preventive and curative primary health care practices. Our staff provides them with the skills needed to address the root causes of malnutrition through increasing knowledge of mothers and caregivers on infant and youth child feeding, water, sanitation and hygiene and home management of common childhood illnesses.

Nutrition And Food Security

International Medical Corps operates a variety of nutrition and food assistance activities in the country, including a USAID Food for Peace program in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, to prevent and reduce stunting in children under two. The program is scheduled to operate through 2019. We train local staff to help us provide a mix of supplemental and therapeutic feeding programs for undernourished and malnourished children.

Community-Based Programs

Our teams work to raise awareness about important health and nutrition issues. Staff conduct community-based activities such as home visits and campaigns around proper nutrition, good hygiene and sanitation practices.

Our Impact

35,000
women and children were targeted by blanket supplementary feeding programs to help prevent acute malnutrition in 2016
160,000
people helped in 2016 alone

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