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Burundi: Situation Report (2 Oct 2020) [EN/RN]

Situation Report
Originally published


HIGHLIGHTS (1 week ago)

  • COVID-19 Update
  • The Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 has a financial deficit of 69 per cent
  • Five winners of the UNICEF-Cartedo vs. COVID-19 Challenge
  • UNHCR resumes voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Rwanda


COVID-19 Update

First case: 31 March 2020

Total tests performed: 34,077 (30 September)

Total cases: 506 (30 September)

Number of health personnel among cases: 35 (7.35 per cent)

Total number of deaths: 1

Provinces affected: 23/47 districts (45 per cent) are affected in 14/18 (67 per cent) provinces. The majority of cases (80 per cent) are in Bujumbura city throughout 3 health districts: Bujumbura North (149 cases), Bujumbura Center (122 cases) and Bujumbura South (110 cases).

Flights / Borders: All international passenger flights were suspended on 22 March. Humanitarian, diplomatic and emergency medical evacuation flights are exempt from this suspension. Land borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda were reopened on 15 April to allow the movement of goods. The border with the United Republic of Tanzania remained open.


The Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 has a financial deficit of 69 per cent

The number of people initially targeted for assistance in January 2020 increased by 41 percent, from 630,000 to 887,000, following the revision of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2020 in August. This increase can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of recent torrential rains and floods that destroyed agricultural fields and increased the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Humanitarian partners, in coordination with the state, revised the budget to adjust the humanitarian response from US$113 million to $197 million - a 74 per cent increase.

To date, the HRP is funded at 30.9 per cent, or $61.2 million, with a deficit of $136.7 million. The top 5 donors are the United States (36 per cent); the Netherlands (8 per cent), Germany (6 per cent), the European Union (2.5 per cent), and the Central Emergency Response Fund - CERF (2 per cent).

The rainy season that began early in September has already caused damage in terms of displacement and destruction of infrastructure and agricultural fields. On 21 September, in Muyinga province, torrential rains mixed with high winds affected more than 400 people, while the provinces of Kirundo and Ngozi experienced hail. The needs and vulnerability of the population are likely to increase with the recurring natural disasters expected during the coming rainy seasons. The level of existing stocks in the country is limited for all humanitarian sectors, thus curtailing the capacity of partners to meet pre-existing and future needs.

Additional funding will be urgently needed to provide assistance to the most vulnerable, while adapting sectors’ activities to prevent COVID-19.


Five winners of the UNICEF-Cartedo vs. COVID-19 Challenge

In partnership with the Cartedo app and 14 youth organizations, UNICEF launched at the end of June 2020 a COVID-19 challenge for young people, aimed at giving them the opportunity to explore ideas to solve direct or indirect problems in their living environment, such as access to water or continuing school learning in the COVID-19 context.

Cartedo is a learning platform that allows young people to exchange ideas and innovative solutions and helps them to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

As part of this UNICEF-Cartedo partnership for COVID-19, the challenge provides an opportunity to develop the employability skills of adolescents and youth while contributing to global efforts to address the risk of COVID-19.

Burundi had the highest completion rate in the region with 670 solutions designed and submitted to the platform by adolescents who have been active on social media by sharing their ideas, inviting their peers to do the same, and voting for solutions that meet the needs and interests of the community.

Five solutions were selected by UNICEF to receive grants, US$1,000 per winner, for implementation. The awards were presented by the Prime Minister of Burundi. These solutions were selected for their creativity and capacity for implementation.

See the video of the Cartedo challenge here.


UNHCR resumes voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Rwanda

On Thursday 27 August, Burundi hosted the first convoy of 485 Burundian refugees voluntarily returning from Rwanda since 2015. Of these refugees, 271 are children, 208 are adults and 6 are elderly. Women and girls comprise 46 per cent of this group, and 40 refugees in this convoy are affected by either a serious medical condition or disability. Through UNHCR's voluntary repatriation program, they arrived from Mahama camp in Rwanda to the Songore transit center in Burundi's Ngozi province. Since the start of repatriation, another 1,018 refugees have been assisted to return home voluntarily. This return was organized in conjunction with the continued repatriation of refugees from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNHCR Burundi is grateful to donors such as the United States, CERF, ECHO, DFID, and France, for funding its safe and voluntary return operations.

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