The humanitarian situation in Burundi improved during 2018, particularly in the areas of food insecurity, nutrition, health and displacement. The number of food insecure people decreased by 35 per cent from 2.6 million people in July 2017 to 1.72 million in August 2018. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), decreased by 21 per cent in the 12 months period reaching 140,000 in december 2018. In terms of refugees, UNHCR's statistics show a reduction in the number of Burundian refugees in the region through the year, mostly due to the voluntary repatriation of refugees from Tanzania. So far, nearly 60,000 Burundians have voluntarily returned from Tanzania since September 2017. The main constraints to the humanitarian response in 2018 were the limited availability of funds and the 4.5 monsth suspension of NGOs, starting on 1 October, that impacted the capacity of the humanitarian community to deliver assistance. Despite these constraints, the humanitarian partners worked diligently to meet the needs of affected people. An estimated 1,27 million people were assisted, representing 53 per cent of the 2.4 million targeted by the Humanitarian Response Plan in 2018. This includes about 529,000 people who received food assistance; nearly 198,000 households who received agricultural inputs; 4,000 IDPs who benefitted from durable solutions; nearly 17,000 households who received NFI kits; about 61,900 severely acute malnourished children treated; 138,900 children treated for moderate acute malnutrition and about 525,000 children who received one hot meal on every school day
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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