Japan donation eases plight of Burundi minors
The fund will enable United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICAF) in Burundi and its partners to accelerate their assistance to the most vulnerable children, notably the nearly 10 000 minors suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the provinces of Cankuzo, Kirundo, Makamba, Rutana and Ruyigi and improve access to water and sanitation for 100 000 people living in the commune of Nyanza-Lac, Makamba Province.
Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF Representative in Burundi, said the donation by Japan came at a critical time for children in Burundi.
“We are witnessing a sharp increase in needs among the most vulnerable children in Burundi and uninterrupted investments are required to support them,” said Nylund.
Tomio Sakamoto, Japan Ambassador to Burindi, said Japan places great importance on the survival and health of Burundian children.
“In these current difficult times, this support is even more important,” said Sakamoto.
In Burundi, the main causes of death among children under five are: newborn deaths, acute respiratory infections, diarrhea and malaria.
These are compounded by chronic malnutrition, which affects more than half of under-5 children.
UNICEF estimates that in 2016, 50 000 under-5 children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in Burundi and need adequate treatment.
The political crisis that has hit the country has exacerbated the safety of children.
The bloody crisis that has killed up to 900 people pits supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza against opposition supporters over his controversial reelection in July 2015.
– CAJ News
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