In 2019, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responded to major outbreaks of malaria and cholera across Burundi, while continuing to offer high-quality care for victims of trauma in the capital Bujumbura.
In 2019, there was a malaria outbreak in Burundi with nine million cases reported. At the same time, there was an unprecedented cholera epidemic in the country. In addition to these two outbreaks, Burundi continues to see a number of trauma and burn victims in its capital city of Bujumbura due to ongoing conflict. Learn how you can best help in Burundi and other countries.
There was a significant increase in malaria cases in Burundi in 2019, with close to nine million recorded between January and December. MSF launched a response to this outbreak in the Kinyinya health district, one of the most severely affected in the country. In June, our teams started supporting 14 health centers and two hospitals by providing free malaria treatment, and then in September, conducted an indoor residual spraying campaign, a technique that involves spraying individual houses with insecticide to kill off mosquitoes. In just one month, our teams sprayed 59,731 homes, protecting close to 287,000 inhabitants for the next six to nine months. In April and December 2019, we conducted similar campaigns in three camps for Congolese refugees.
In response to an unprecedented cholera epidemic, MSF built and supported four treatment facilities in Bujumbura, Cibitoke, and Rumonge provinces, trained public health staff and assisted with awareness-raising campaigns. We also built an extensible 50-bed capacity cholera treatment center in Kamenge, Bujumbura, co-managed by MSF and the Ministry of Health. Please donate to support our work in Burundi and other countries around the world now.
We continued providing care for victims of trauma and burns in the 68-bed l’Arche de Kigobe trauma centre in the capital. Our medical teams performed surgeries and carried out 13,500 outpatient consultations. In June, simple trauma cases were decentralized to four MSF-supported public health centers in Bujumbura.