Burundi is one of the smallest countries in Africa, and its more than 11 million inhabitants make it one of the most population dense countries on the continent. The country is endemic for parasitic worm infections and following several years of treatment, we’re supporting the local government to eliminate these diseases for good.

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Key facts

• Population: 11.1 million

• Percentage living in poverty: 64.9%

• Number requiring treatment for intestinal worm infections: 2.6 million*

• Number requiring treatment for schistosomiasis: 2.98 million*

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Programme information

• Programme start date: 2007

• Treatments delivered in FY17/18: 972,470^

• Numbers treated to date: 3,319,814^

• Programme coverage status: Targeting all at-risk school-age children^^




* Data from WHO schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth database.

^ For every treatment provided against schistosomiasis, treatments are also offered against intestinal worm infections where both diseases are present. Treatment numbers are for schistosomiasis only and dating from 2010 when the current reporting system was established. Numbers from January 2019.

^^ We support the programme in-line with the country’s strategic plan. As such, individuals other than school-age children may be treated.

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