Burundi

Children's Aid Direct new contract for Burundi

"The programme's overall aim is to improve the health and nutrition status of the target population in Bubanza Province by fostering sustainable approaches to health care."
"It is planned that up to 145,000 beneficiaries will have access to Primary Health Care services by the end of the project."

Children's Aid Direct have signed a new ECHO contract for Burundi. It is for a 10-month 'Health and Nutrition' programme.

The programme's overall aim is to improve the health and nutrition status of the target population in Bubanza Province by fostering sustainable approaches to health care. It is planned that up to 145,000 beneficiaries will have access to Primary Health Care services by the end of the project.

More specifically the programme aims to:

1. Improve the health services delivered to the community through

a) Increased capacity of Ministry of Health staff to deliver primary health care services

  • Improved management skills of head nurses
  • Improved accessibility to laboratory tests conducted at the health centres by equipping the laboratories with the necessary equipment.

Stronger link with communities

2. Provide material and technical support to 11 health centres to enable them to provide basic health care services

3. Rehabilitate the maternity ward and hospitalisation ward at Musigati clinic, construct two maternity wards at Ntamba and Ruce clinics and repair the TB ward at Bubanza hospital

4. Establish a Malaria-control programme to reduce the incidence of malaria in the province by 5%-10%

5. Train and support community health promoters and traditional midwives through

  • Improved monitoring and support by Ministry of Health and CAD staff
  • Formation of associations
  • Improved vaccination rates by 5% above rates estimated during the February, 2001 survey.

Provide Supplementary Feeding Services at 11 sites for malnourished children, pregnant and lactating women, and TB patients

The health centre staff will progressively take more responsibility for managing nutrition services, with the support of CAD staff, including the collection of nutrition data.

Reduce rates of malnutrition from 9.4% to 7% for children under five years

Improve cure rates for children under 5 years of age by 5% over the average rate for 2000, or from 77% to 82%.

For more information please call Children's Aid Direct on +44 (0) 118 958 4000