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WFP Burundi Country Brief, March 2020


In Numbers

2,796 MT of food assistance distributed

US$ 8.5m six months net funding requirements, for the next six months (April-September 2020)

666,900 people assisted in March 2020

Operational Updates

Assistance to refugees: In March, WFP provided 737 MT of in-kind food assistance to approximately 48,000 refugees hosted in the five camps in Burundi. In mid-March, Burundi did not register new refugees from eastern DRC. A UNHCR’s screening exercise in March revealed a reduction in refugee numbers in camps from 52,000 to approximately 48,000.

Assistance to returnees: Despite border closures due to COVID-19, approximately 400 Burundians return per week from Tanzania. In March, WFP assisted over 1,800 returnees upon arrival, with a total of 84 MT of food. The assistance consisted of a cooked ration provided at transit centers and a three-month ration package to facilitate their reintegration in the communities. Food assistance to victims of torrential rains: WFP assisted 1,190 people displaced by the torrential rains and floods registered in December-January 2019 in Bujumbura province. In March, a total of 18 MT of food was distributed to help them meet their immediate food needs. School feeding: Approximately 523,200 school children received a daily hot meal on school days in March, including 28,500, who received 250 ml of milk twice a week. In total, WFP distributed 1,688 MT of food, including 19 MT of milk to children in 702 schools. Nutrition: WFP supported 36,6000 children of age 6-23 months and nearly 27,200 pregnant and nursing women in Kirundo province with 214 MT of specialised nutritious food, as part of its prevention of chronic malnutrition programme. The treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) activities reached 3,500 moderately malnourished pregnant and lactating women and 8,200 children aged 6-59 months in Cankuzo, Kirundo, Ngozi and Rutana Provinces with 55 MT tons of specialised nutritious food. WFP reinstated the MAM treatment for malnourished pregnant, and nursing women in March after a 6-month interruption, thanks to a contribution from USAID/FFP.