Burundi reports progressive increase in malaria in recent years


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According to the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and CultureThe Republic of Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Burundi is part of the Albertine Rift, the western extension of the East African Rift.


Burundi’s current population is 12,807,526 As of Saturday, February 4, 2023, based on worldmeter Put the latest United Nations data.

Of the many humanitarian issues the country faces – malaria is among the most serious. in a new way UNICEF report, the numbers are reported:

The epidemiological situation shows a gradual increase in malaria cases from 4,753,819 cases in 2020, to 6,151,128 cases in 2021 (with an increase of 29% compared to 2020) and to 7,293,316 in 2022 (Showing an increase of 53% compared to 2020 and 19% compared to 2021).

the Severe Malaria Monitor SMO reports on their website:

Malaria is a major public health problem in Burundi and one of the main national health priorities. Transmission is continuous throughout the year, with two seasonal peaks leading to epidemics from March to May and from October to December. Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the general population, and accounted for 58.8 percent of all outpatient consultations recorded in healthcare facilities in 2018.

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Burundi is among the 20 countries with the highest number of malaria cases and deaths – 1.5% of its global malaria cases and deaths, and 0.9% of its global malaria deaths in 2020. It accounted for 6.4% of malaria cases in Central Africa in 2020. Between In 2017 and 2020, the number of malaria cases per 1,000 population at risk increased by 17.9%, from 250 to 295. However, over the same period, the number of deaths per 1,000 population at risk decreased by 11.3%, from 0.55 to 0.49.

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