Burundi has been struggling to find its equilibrium since the civil war of the 1990s, which radically altered its infrastructure and its economy, as well as diminishing its population and displacing many survivors into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dancers and drummers launch the Burundian Distribution Campaign for NTDs at the Mabayi Commune, Cibitoke Province.

Burundi has been struggling to find its equilibrium since the civil war of the 1990s, which radically altered its infrastructure and its economy, as well as diminishing its population and displacing many survivors into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

As always when a country is rebuilding, a strong and healthy workforce is a necessity, and this is why a host of initiatives to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is gradually making a very real difference to people's lives. Enabled by the generous donations of large pharmaceutical companies, the Legatum Foundation has managed to reduce the cost of the project to just US$ 0.27 cents per treatment.

 


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Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Its capital is Bujumbura. Although the country is landlocked, much of the southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.

Alan McCormick

...I felt really sick, I had a bellyache, I couldn’t concentrate on the courses at school and I couldn’t help my parents with the work at home. But, since being de-wormed... I feel better. No more pain in my stomach, no more trouble in school and I can work at home. I am strong now; I have more strength to protect myself against other diseases like malaria and TB. I really feel healthy. We hope that the programme can go ahead with all their efforts and their contribution to provide good health conditions to the entire population."

Higiro Janvier, of Kirundo, is just one of the 8.6 million people who received de-worming tablets as a result of the NTD Control Initiative in Rwanda and Burundi.

Above: Eric Ndikumana, 9, is measured to determine his dose of medicine.


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