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International Medical Corps Responds to Plight of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania

International Medical Corps is deploying experts to Tanzania, where more than 117,800 Burundian refugees have fled following escalating violence. The simmering conflict in Burundi deteriorated Friday when heavily armed gunmen stormed military installations in the capital city of Bujumbura. Since April, hundreds of people have been killed and more than 200,000 have fled the country …

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Struggle for life: The Story of Juma

In late February 2011, 10-month-old Juma was admitted to the pediatric ward of Rumonge hospital. He was not only severely emaciated, but he also had digestive problems that left him unable to excrete waste. His mother was afraid to give him anything to eat because his belly was so swollen. One week into his treatment …

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Burundi: Ending Gender-based Violence by Supporting Community Organizations

In addition to the breakdown of economic, social, and cultural structures, the 12-year civil conflict in Burundi led to a dramatic increase in gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.  Women and girls in Burundi are widely viewed as inferior and often subjected to violence. Some sayings which exhibit the attitudes surrounding females include: Umukobwa ntamwana …

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How International Medical Corps is Changing Lives in Muyinga Province, Burundi: The Story of Beatrice and Mughisha

In Gashoho Commune in northern Burundi’s Muyinga Province, agriculture is the main source of income for the local population.  A forty-year-old mother, Beatrice, lives on a hill on a small plot of 1600 square feet, which her family uses for both housing and farming.  Beatrice manages to grow bananas and other plants behind her single-room …

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In Burundi, International Medical Corps Depends on “Lead Mothers” to Break the Cycle of Malnutrition

Before 3-year-old Chantal and her mother, Jacqueline, registered with the International Medical Corps Positive Deviance/Hearth (PDH) model program in northern Burundi, the toddler had been trapped in a cycle of supplementary feeding programs and bouts of malnutrition. Today, Jacqueline is confident that Chantal will never again be malnourished. Born during an acute food shortage in …

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A Tale of Two Girls

I met two young girls in Burundi this week whose personal health crises lie at the core of the challenges International Medical Corps is facing in this country, one that is tiny in size, densely populated and among the 10 poorest in the world. One of these girls was at the beginning of her crisis; …

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Impressions of Burundi

This is not the Africa in travel brochures with safaris and delicious wine. This is the Africa where heavy loads are carried on undernourished heads, babies on backs and rifles in the hands of teenage boys. Here in the torrential rain, barefoot children hide under banana leaves. The soil runs deep red as if the …

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Huge turnaround for malnourished Burundi children

International Medical Corps is seeing huge success from a community nutrition program it started in October 2005 for moderately malnourished children under the age of five in Burundi’s Rutana province. Using the Positive Deviance Hearth Model, the program trains parents on how to prepare healthy foods with available and affordable local products. During the first …

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Serious Food Shortage Threatens Rebuilding Efforts in Burundi; Thousands Will Rely on International Medical Corps

Numerous social, economic and environmental factors are converging in Burundi, placing the east African country on the verge of another dangerous food shortage beginning in August. For thousands of families striving to reestablish their lives after years of civil war and chaos, International Medical Corps will be the only source of medical and nutritional assistance. …

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