Première Urgence Internationale launches a project in Burundi
After more than three years of assessments and exploratory missions in the country, Première Urgence Internationale has just started a first operational project in Burundi, in the Ngozi hospital. This first intervention is reflected in training of hospital staff: a promising base, which can lay the groundwork for the future.
Burundi and its 11 million inhabitants, is one of the poorest countrie in the world. It was ranked 185th in terms of human development in 2018, according to the United Nations.
Indeed, its inhabitants are facing a serious humanitarian crisis. They are facing economic recession, epidemic of malaria, and extreme food insecurity at the same time. About 2 million people, or nearly 1 in 5 people, are considered at risk of food insecurity.
In addition, the political situation remains extremely unstable. The arrival of the presidential elections, scheduled for May 2020, raises fears of an outbreak of violence. Awakening age-old fears of civil war, these elections put Burundi back on the front of the humanitarian scene.
In support of a local hospital
Since 2016, Première Urgence Internationale has carried out various exploratory missions and needs assessment phases. We aimed to obtain necesarry funding to intervene in the country.
Thus, in July 2019, the teams of the NGO were able to start a first operational project in the country. In partnership with a local NGO, this project supports Ngozi hospital staff in the north of the country, through:
- supply of equipment
- and training for staff
Première Urgence Internationale is also evaluating the needs of three other hospitals in the district, through a health data collection activity on maternal and child health.
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