The Syrian refugee crisis has been making headlines across the world - so most people are aware that hundreds of thousands of children who fled from the conflict are living in neighbouring countries.
But there are many other "hidden" refugee situations, where children whose families have left their homes are struggling to get into school.
One of these is in Rwanda, where large numbers of refugees have crossed the border from Burundi - a country again on the brink of civil war
The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda has increased to 76,603. About 48,450 refugees are living in Mahama camp.
Cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among children 6-59 months living in the camp continue to decline, with currently 51 children enrolled in treatment programmes.
There were no new typhoid cases reported in April, due to an effective health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) response.
WFP’s main priority is to provide food assistance to refugees and build national capacity to design and manage home-grown hunger solutions.
Sufficient resources are needed to feed the growing number of refugees in camps and to treat and prevent malnutrition among children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
School feeding in camps and in food insecure districts ensures children getting meals, maintains attendance and reduces dropouts.
KIGALI – A new study conducted by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and the World Food Programme (WFP) indicates that rates of chronic malnutrition in Rwanda have fallen significantly in the last three years, but still remain stubbornly high, especially in rural areas.
The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda increased to 75,551 with 1,684 new arrivalssince February. More than 48,000 refugees are now living in Mahama camp.
Cases of severe acute malnutrition among children 6- 59 months living in the camp continue to decline, with currently 42 children enrolled for treatment.
The typhoid outbreak is under control, with an effective health and WASH response.
• Since January, the total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda increased, with nearly 1,800 new arrivals. More than 47,000 refugees are now living in Mahama camp.
• The typhoid outbreak is under control, with an effective health and WASH response.
• The nutrition situation among children under five years continues to improve, with currently only 51 children remaining on treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
L’Association pour le développement de l’éducation en Afrique (ADEA) et le Gouvernement du Rwanda ont, à travers le ministère de l’Education, signé le 18 février 2016 à Kigali, un Protocole d’accord (PdA) pour promouvoir la qualité de l’éducation par le lancement du nouveau Pôle de qualité inter-pays sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage (PQIP-EA).
The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster education quality through the launch of the new Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL) in Kigali on February 18, 2016.
• Since December, the total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda remained stable, with a limited number of new arrivals. Almost 46,000 refugees are living in Mahama camp.
• The typhoid outbreak is under control, with effective health and WASH response resulting in a stabilization of cases at a low level; a total of 13 typhoid cases have been confirmed to date.
Burundian refugees in Mahama camp have extoled the efforts of the government of Rwanda and UNHCR to respond to their most critical needs in health and education by providing adequate and modern infrastructures.
Since November, the total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda remained stable, with a low number of new arrivals.
Nearly 46,000 refugees are now living in Mahama camp (30,000 in the original camp, and 16,000 in the extended camp); transition to semi-permanent housing is ongoing.
Attendance at the education orientation programme increased by 25% from 11,000 to 14,000 students in the past month.
• Since September the total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda did not increase significantly. New arrivals were low, peaking at 100 on 21 October.
• The relocation of refugees from reception centres is completed with approximately 45,000 now living in Mahama refugee camp (30,000 in the original camp, and 15,000 in the extended camp).
• As a result of the joint social mobilization efforts, the attendance rate of children in education services significantly increased from 61% to 82% in the past month.
The average influx of refugees from Burundi to Rwanda remains at 150 people per day in the last 15 days. The total number has now reached 75,327.
The relocation of refugees from the reception centres to Mahama camp is progressing well with about 1,000 refugees being relocated daily to Mahama Refugee Camp.
A new refugee camp site (Mahama 1) is being established to accommodate an additional 15,000 refugees. The existing refugee camp will still be called Mahama.
The registered population of Mahama camp has surged passed the 40,000 mark. Additional growth is certain in coming days with continued convoys from Bugesera Reception Center. The camp population has increased by more than 8,900 during August an increase of 28%.