WeWorld has been present in Burundi since 1984 with projects related to water, nutrition, socio-economic development and health.
Burundi has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. Due to inadequate food practices, children suffer from a chronic micronutrient deficiency, which causes severe retardation in the child's physical and intellectual growth.
Chronic malnutrition derives from complex causes and for this reason an integrated approach is needed in order to act on the emergency by building at the same time the capacity for a long-term solution.
The answer is the creation of the FARN (from the French Foyers d'Apprentissage et de Réhabilitation Nutritionnels): i.e. temporary food rehabilitation centres that, through the involvement of mothers and their children, provide care for the little ones and tools for mothers and the community so that they can act independently.
We are also present in the Eastern regions collaborating with local Health Centres. In fact, in 2017, a collaboration with the UNHCR began for the health care of returnees, refugees and asylum-seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We implemented a programme aimed at strengthening health services in five refugee camps, assuring health care for thousands of people.