0.1. Context of Activity.
The Non-Profit Making Association « Action de Lutte contre la Malaria » (Action for Fighting against Malaria), A.LU.MA-Burundi, was created in 2001 and approved by the ministerial order nº530/001 of 2nd January 2002. It has continued its mission of contributing to the improvement of living conditions by fighting against malaria, a disease which remains the first public health problem.
In its statement of 25th April 2008, the First World Day for Fighting against Malaria, the United States Secretary General showed clearly that a child under 5 years dies every 20 seconds in the world, i.e. 3 children per minute, 180 children per hour and 4.320 children every 24 hours. According to the projection made by Gerard Cougny who is an expert in Hydrology, that number corresponds to 12 aircrafts of 360 passengers each which crash every 24 hours but in a total indifference. However, when an aircraft crash occurs, the entire world is well informed about it.
In Burundi, like in other sub Saharan African countries, malaria is the first cause of morbidity and mortality.
A.LU.MA-Burundi’s interventions are in line with the two intervention axes recognized by the national protocol for fighting against malaria, namely the prevention and proper cases management.
During this year, and thanks to the supports of its new and usual partners, A.LU.MA-Burundi has been able to carry out some activities which are included in the two intervention axes.
As far as prevention is concerned, the Association has benefited from a donation of 27.913.800 Fbu from the World Fund for Fighting against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This donation has enabled to organize capacity building workshops in favour of the staff of the anti-malaria centre, an awareness campaign for decision makers on the emergency of establishing a National Program for Fighting against Malaria and this by using radio broadcast advertising spots as well as an awareness campaign for fighting against vectors by the environmental sanitation.
In addition to those activities, A.LU.MA-Burundi has carried out a survey on the utilization rate of mosquito nets treated with insecticide in Bujumbura City, an assessment work of mosquito nets which had been distributed in 2006-2007.
As in the previous years, the training workshops have been conducted thanks to a technical support from FNDSTD Program (Program for Fighting against Nutritional Deficiency and Sexually Transmitted Diseases).
As it is already mentioned in the previous reports, the financings from the French Embassy and ONUB have enabled the Centre to obtain a meeting room and sufficient equipments (tables, chairs, sound equipment…) for the organisation of training workshops on the place, and have allowed the Centre to work independently.
For the Centre to operate normally, it naturally needs various supports: technical, financial and moral. The Centre has been operational thanks to the commitment of organisations and people who share the same conviction with A.LU.MA-Burundi; the centre can contribute to the improvement of living conditions of people with low incomes. Thus, the work of the anti-malaria centre, St François d’Assise, is a meaningful sign of an international, multicultural, true and active solidarity.
0.2. Expression of thanks to partners
By way of thanks, we would like thus to express our profound gratitude to:
- The World Fund for Fighting against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for its various supports: laboratory equipments, medicines (
May all those who helped A.LU.MA-Burundi in one way or another to achieve its goals, find here the expression of our most profound gratitude. Each granted aids is used to save a human being, given that in order to have access to health care at the Centre, an adult person has to give a contribution of 400 Fbu, except for the poor. Children under 5 years give a contribution of 300 Fbu.
0.3. Encouraging facts:
- Establishing a National Program for Fighting against Malaria
During its advocacy campaigns for a strong commitment in the fight against malaria, A.LU.MA-Burundi has never stopped to claim for the establishment of a National Program for Fighting against Malaria for a better coordination of stakeholders in the sector, and to work in order to eradicate malaria. On 13th January 2009, the Minister of Public Health has signed an Order to create the Integrated National Program for Fighting against Malaria (INPFM).
The Government will naturally have to strengthen the capacity of the new structure so that it can be operational for the satisfaction of all the stakeholders and become a Main Beneficiary and a direct manager of the funds belonging to the World Fund for fighting against Aids, Tuberculosis, and thus discharge the National Council for Fighting against Aids(NCFA) which mainly deals with the fight against Aids pandemic.
- Free Care for children under 5 years
In 2007, a part of St Nicolas Gundelsheim Parish donation had allowed to give free care to 5.000 children who are less than 5 years old from December 2007 to May 2008.
A donation of 500.000 Fbu granted by Lavoie family from Quebec in Canada and 1.800.000 Fbu from the Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Paul R. Gallagher, will enable to give free care to children under 5 years during the fiscal year 2009. Let us note that children under 5 years have been given free care in public structures since May 2006.
0. 4. Conclusion.
A.LU.MA-Burundi would like to encourage its partners not be tired because there is still a long way to go. Despite the efforts deployed, malaria remains one of the important factors of poverty that most of people who visit the Centre face. Challenges remain in force but there is no doubt that by joining together, we will be able to reduce the adverse effects of malaria and endeavour for a sustainable development.
In case, the means allow it, A.LU.MA-Burundi wishes to acquire an ambulance in order to organise a mobile clinic which could help to reduce the distance made by patients coming from the south of the capital for medical care to the anti malaria Centre.
At prevention level, A.LU.MA-Burundi wishes to take the action for fighting against malaria vector by using spray inside residence. That requires logically, the acquisition of appropriate pumps and insecticides. To achieve success, A.LU.MA-Burundi needs a financing for the training of agents who will be asked to carry out that activity. In a first phase, the action will concern only 3 urban communes of Kamenge, Kinama and Cibitoke.
May God, the Almighty, bless all those actions of international solidarity and generosity which contribute to save human lives, especially children who are less than 5 years old and who are most threaten by malaria.