Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.
Summary of WFP assistance:
• 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.
This Emergency Appeal was launched on 18 September 2015 for CHF 549,020 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) to respond to the health, hygiene and PSS conditions of 7,500 Burundi Refugees (1,500 families) living in Mahama camp and to address the hygiene, food security and violence prevention needs of 2,500 members (500 families) of the host community of Munini surrounding the Mahama camp.