publication • Friday, December 1st 2017
Burundi Integrated Emergency Response 2018 Appeal
- Millions of people in Burundi have been infected with malaria. According to the Ministry of Health, 6.78 million cases have been reported, while 2,980 people have died, from 01 January to 10 November 2017. Children are the most vulnerable to malaria infection and make up the majority of Burundi’s cases. The malaria epidemic is expected to worsen in the months of December 2017 to February 2018. The needs relating to the developing emergency exceed resources available to date.
- Many families are struggling to have enough to eat. Families that rely on small-scale agriculture are facing pest infestations and low rains, putting their harvests in jeopardy and threatening their food supply and income. In total, the global food security monitoring tool – Integrated Food Security Phase Classification has classified half (9 out of 18) of the country’s provinces as in crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity and in need of programmes that will monitor and strengthen resilience. More than half of Burundi’s children are already stunted and further food insecurity could lead to a spike in malnutrition.
- Refugees who fled the country in fear of violence in 2015 are voluntarily returning to Burundi, with support from UNHCR and other international agencies. More than 5,000 refugees returned in 2017 and the number is expected to dramatically increase in 2018, as long as the security situation in Burundi remains stable. Returnees need support to restart their lives and to be accepted and reintegrated into their communities.
World Vision Burundi is seeking $7.76 Million USD to reach more than 1.3 Million people in need over the next 12 months to stem the spread of malaria, assist those that have been affected by food insecurity and provide adequate water and sanitation to those in desperate need.