Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 - Burundi

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 23 Dec 2016 View Original

The cycle of violence and unrest that Burundi has been experiencing since April 2015 has become protracted. An estimated 110,000 people are displaced and 325,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.1 Communities are experiencing the erosion of coping mechanisms, with chronically high levels of food and nutrition insecurity, as well as recurring flooding and displacement. The protection crisis is disproportionately affecting children, who make up approximately half of Burundi’s population. One year after the freezing of aid and the collapse of the local economy, women and children are facing declining access to basic social services, including health care, nutrition support, water and sanitation. Recent inter- agency needs assessments indicate that 3 million people, including 1.2 million children, have been affected by the crisis and economic collapse and will continue to require humanitarian assistance in 2017. In addition, an estimated 62,500 children under 5 will require treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM).2 A recent mass screening showed a deterioration in the nutrition situation in Kirundo Province, with average global acute malnutrition increasing from 7.2 to 8.9 per cent, and average SAM increasing from 1.8 to 2.3 per cent. SAM prevalence is above the World Health Organization emergency threshold in four out of seven communes.

Total people in need: 3 million

Total children (<18) in need: 1.2 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 1 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 600,000

2017 programme targets


  • 600,000 children under 5 screened for SAM5

  • 50,000 children under 5 treated for SAM


  • 100 per cent of affected people treated for cholera

  • 175,000 children under 5 provided with essential drugs


  • 170,000 affected people access at least 7.5 litres of clean water per person per day

  • 300,000 affected people provided with information on good hygiene practices

Child protection

  • 30,000 children and adolescents, affected by the crisis, benefit from critical child protection services including gender based violence (GBV) services


  • 100,000 children benefit from education-in-emergencies services

  • 2,500 teachers trained on education in emergencies, including psychosocial support

Communication for Development

  • 125,000 children benefiting from peace, social mobilization and life-skills education, including HIV prevention