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    Burundi - Malaria outbreak (DG ECHO, UN, authorities, media)
    14 June 2019

    Burundi is currently experiencing a very high malaria burden with 31 out of 46 health districts in the country having surpassed the country’s epidemic threshold.
    A total of 3,207,552 clinical malaria cases have been registered so far in 2019, including 1,273 deaths.
    Malaria is endemic in Burundi, but this year has already seen a 53% increase in cases compared with the 2.1 million cases during the same period last year. The situation has been exacerbated by low coverage of long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets, climatic change and vector ecological and behavioral changes that contribute to exposing people to mosquito bites.
    The national malaria outbreak response plan, currently under validation, highlights a lack of human, logistical, and financial resources to ensure an effective response.

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    August 6, 2019
    More than 1,800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi – UN
    The United Nation’s humanitarian agency says more than one thousand eight hundred people have been killed by Malaria in Burundi in 2019.

    In its latest situation report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 5.7 million cases of malaria had been recorded in Burundi in 2019 – a figure roughly equal to half its entire population.

    Of those cases, a total of 1,801 died from the mosquito-born disease in Burundi between January 1 and July 21, OCHA said.

    The tiny country of 11 million people in the African Great Lakes region has still not declared a national emergency, despite OCHA saying the outbreak crossed “epidemic proportions” in May...


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      Africa: Burundi malaria cases rise to 6.8 million cases through September
      by News Desk
      October 26, 2019

      Since our last report one month ago, the number of malaria cases in Burundi has increased nearly one million cases.

      Since December 2018 through September 2019, health officials have reported 6,831,659 total malaria cases in the country, including 2,545 deaths.

      In just the latest week reported, the week ending September 29, 121,704 cases including 32 deaths have been reported. There is a 49 % increase in the number of cases reported in week 39 of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018...


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        Week 52: 23 - 29 December 2019
        Data as reported by: 17:00; 29 December 2019
        Malaria Burundi

        8 571 897 Cases
        3 170 Death
        0.04% CFR


        Since the beginning of the year, Burundi has been
        experiencing an increase in numbers of malaria cases and
        deaths, compared to those reported in the last five years.
        Since our last report on 27 October 2019 (Weekly bulletin
        43), a total of 1 338 759 additional cases with 479 deaths
        have been reported. During week 50 (week ending 15
        December 2019), 172 186 malaria cases including 57 deaths
        were reported, with an incidence rate estimated at 819.9
        per 1 000 population at risk nationally. There was a 25%
        increase in the number of cases reported in week 50 of 2019,
        compared to the same period in 2018 where 137 932 cases
        were registered. In week 50 of 2019, 29 out of the 46 health
        districts of Burundi were in epidemic phase, compared to 23
        health districts in week 49 of 2019.

        From 1 January to 15 December 2019, a cumulative total of
        8 571 897 malaria cases including 3 170 deaths (case fatality
        ratio 0.04%) have been reported across the country. This
        represents a 93% increase in the number of malaria cases
        compared to the same period in 2018 where 4 438 671 cases
        were reported.

        Although malaria trends have significantly exceeded expected
        levels in many health districts of Burundi, the highest malaria
        incidence rates have been observed in 19 districts located in
        the eastern part of the country. These districts are Bubanza,
        Buhiga, Busoni, Butezi, Buye, Cankuzo, Gashoho, Gihofi,
        Gitega, Kibuye, Kinyinya, Kirundo, Mukenke, Murore, Mutaho,
        Muyinga, Nyabikere, Ruyigi and Vumbi.


        The Burundese Ministry of Public Health and the Fight
        Against AIDS continues to respond to the outbreak with
        the support of WHO and partners.

        A national long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
        distribution campaign has been conducted from 16
        to 20 December 2019, with more than 6 million LLINS

        Risk communication and community mobilization
        interventions are ongoing to raise awareness and sensitize
        communities regarding malaria prevention and control
        measures, especially on the use of LLINs.

        The clinical guideline for mobile clinics has been finalized
        with the technical support of WHO.

        Procurement of antimalarial drugs, namely artemetherlumefantrine, which will be used in replacement of
        artesunate-amodiaquine, is ongoing. A total of 301 780 doses are already
        available in country, and the training of trainers on the new malaria
        treatment protocol is ongoing.


        Transmission of malaria infection continues in Burundi despite ongoing control
        interventions. This is an indication that interruption of the transmission requires
        scale-up of high-impact and targeted interventions, including distribution
        of insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying, along with risk
        communication interventions and set up of mobile clinics in all affected areas.
        Continuous mobilization of funds for operations remains critical as well, to
        ensure continuity of the response operations and containment of the outbreak.

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        -Nelson Mandela