Due to unrest in the country, thousands of Burundians have fled across the border to Tanzania. Médecins Sans Frontières is assisting tens of thousands of these refugees in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps.
Since gaining independence from Belgium in 1962, Burundi’s people have been plagued by civil war. Tensions still exist between the Tutsi minority and the Hutu majority.
Response to Civil Unrest
Rife political tensions and economic difficulties have heavily impacted the local population. MSF clinical teams conduct consultations, provide mental health assistance, admit individuals for care, and perform surgery. The team has also helped improve the local blood bank, as well as trained Burundian medical staff in providing adequate obstetric care.
MSF has also launched a response to an ongoing malaria epidemic in Gitega province. Teams are involved in supporting local health facilities through case management and treatment of malaria, as well as running health promotion activities to improve infection and control measures.