Report of activities carried out during the year 2010

O Foreword

0.1.    Activity context.

The Non-profit-making association \"Action de Lutte contre la Malaria\" (Action to Fight against Malaria), A.LU.MA-Burundi, founded in 2001 and approved by the Ministerial order/agreement n°530/001 of the 02.01.2002 continued its mission which consists in contributing to the improvement of the living conditions by the fight against malaria, a disease which remains  the first public health problem.

In Burundi, as in other sub-Saharan African countries, malaria remains the first cause of morbidity and mortality, the most affected groups being that of the under 5 year’s children and that of pregnant women.

A.LU.MA-Burundi interventions tally well with the two intervention axes recognized by the national protocol of fight against malaria, namely the prevention and the accurate taking into charge of affected people.

In opposition to what happened during the year 2009, during which our Association has received a grant of BIF 24,293,700 from World Funds to Fight against the AIDS,  Tuberculosis   and Malaria, a grant  which made it possible the organization of capacity building workshops in favor of the anti-malaria Center personnel,  along with public awareness campaigns on the fight against malaria, during the year 2010, sensitization benefitted only patients who attended the center, in the sense that sensitization was done thanks to the communications tools made in 2009, namely songs, spots and sketches about the fight against malaria, which were regularly projected in the Center, and which patients listened to or looked at. Let us point out that 30,079 patients attended the Center, including 6,745 under 5 children.

Thus, the main activity was the accurate taking into charge of affected people. This could be done correctly thanks to the supports of several kinds: moral, financial, material and technical support.

We just took this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to the institutions and physical people; partners of our association.

0.2.    Thanks towards our partners.

In reference to what is stated above, and as thanks, we would like to thus express our deep gratitude to:

  •  The President/Chairperson of the Papal Foundation, the Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl (222 North Seventeenth Street, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103, USA) who keeps on supporting the Association by taking in charge the personnel wages, and this since the St François d\' Assise anti-malaria Center started operating in April  2004.

The grants from the Papal Foundation constitute the most significant node in the life of the Center, a help without which the Center could not function.  To-date, the Foundation remains the only partner who agrees to support the remunerations of the personnel. May the Lord be blessed for this work of the Holy Father which allows saving human lives, people with low incomes, and constituting a living-earn for some households.

  •    The Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi which remains the interlocutor of A.LU.MA-Burundi to the Holy Sit and the Papal Foundation.  May H.E. Bishop Franco Coppola, the new apostolic nuncio, finds here our sincere gratitude. A few months after its accreditation to Bujumbura, he has paid a visit to the St François d\' Assise anti-malaria Center to appreciate its achievements.
  •   The Embassy of France in Burundi, which equipped the Center with a solid infrastructure through its important financing, which makes it possible to guarantee to the patients better conditions of reception.  The patients sensitization on the fight against malaria is done thanks to the apparatuses (a television set, a mixer, a recorder) granted by the Embassy of France. We seize this opportunity to express our gratitude to H.E. Mr Jean Lamy, new Ambassador of France in Burundi. After being informed on the partnership which exists between the Embassy of France and A.LU.MA-Burundi Association, he visited the Center in company of his Wife. During his visit, he has been able to realize that the Center, built mainly on the Embassy of France’s financing is functional and assists vulnerable people, and thus contributes to the improvement of their living conditions.
  •   The Management of the British Association SURVIVE-MIVA for its invaluable grant which made it possible to A.LU.MA-Burundi to buy a vehicle which provides to the Center enormous services, which fully benefit the patients who attend the Center.  Transfers of critical/delicate cases are done using this vehicle.
  •    The General Directorate of the German Medical Aid Organization Action Medeor, which supported A.LU.MA-Burundi Association since its creation by granting varied assistances to the it, both in drugs and equipment materials. In addition to this material support, the organization, first partner of A.LU.MA-Burundi makes its advertisement, and shelters the drugs account on which sponsors/donations from private individuals pass through.  A.LU.MA-Burundi also was granted drugs on behalf of Medeor Action International Healthcare of Dar- es -Salaam in Tanzania. We address also our thanks to the    Parochial Choral St. Hubertus of Krefeld (Germany) which gave a gift of mosquito to A.LU.MA-Burundi via the German Medical Aid Organization Action Medeor.
  •    The World Fund to Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis   and Malaria for its various supports:  drugs (the artesunate molecule/amodiaquine). This partnership was materialized during the year 2009 by the signature of a Convention by which the Malaria Program of the World Fund placed at the disposal of A.LU.MA-Burundi a vehicle (TOYOTA HILUX Van 4x4) for a period of 3 years.
  •   The Ministry of Public Health which associates A.LU.MA-Burundi in its initiatives of fight against malaria as a partner. A.LU.MA-Burundi is a member of CCM/Burundi, World Funds Program Coordinating committee. It is under this partnership that the A.LU.MA-Burundi Legal Representative was part of the Burundi delegation which took part in the Conference organized by IHP in Brussels from the 4th to the 08th, December 2010.
  •   Mr Jiwani Shafiq, the Alsafa Manager (import & export) who continued to provide Paracetamol (500 mg tablets) needed to the Center. Let us note that this lasts since November 2005.
  •   the Keicher Family   and the Gundelsheim St Nicolas Parish in Germany, the friends in Bonn and Moenchengladbach (Germany) for their moral  support and translation services.
  •   the Crampen Family in Bonn for all the translation services.
  •    Mrs. Isabel Macia de Mallorca (Balearic Islands in Spain) with her friends of the Association ABFIS for the grant of various drugs given to the anti-malaria Center, which  made it possible to meet needing of the patients who attended  the Center.

May all those who helped in one way or another A.LU.MA-Burundi to carry out its objectives, find here the expression of our deep gratitude. Each granted assistance is used to save a human life, knowing that the contribution to access to health cares at the Center for an adult person is only BIF 400, except for the cases of the very poor ones, while the contribution for under 5 years’ children is BIF 300.

0.3. Encouraging facts:

1.    Prevention

The sensitization to the fight against malaria at the Center was done by the listening/following of the radio-televised spots and songs produced during the year 2009 thanks to the grants from the Malaria Program of the World Funds. Patients waiting for their results follow carefully these sensitization tools, and this is made every day, to make it possible to the new patients to have all information on the malaria transmission mode, its prevention, the behavior to adopt once the clinical signs of malaria appear.

2.    Association heritage management.

During the year 2009, A.LU.MA-Burundi received a grant of two vehicles:

  •    a minibus, a grant from the British Association SURVIVE-MIVA (Liverpool, U K);
  •   a double cabin pick-up Hilux granted by the Malaria Program of the World Funds to Fight against the AIDS,  Tuberculosis   and Malaria.

Thus, the Center has two vehicles which facilitate its correct operation, especially the fact that transfer operations of delicate and urgent cases are done easily. The Association is delighted to be able to contribute to the reduction of the death rate due to malaria.  The personnel benefits from it as well.

3.    The increasing knowledge of the anti-malaria Center by potential beneficiaries.

The St François d\' Assise anti-malaria Center remains the unique Center in Burundi to deal with only one disease, the malaria. The Center continues receiving patients coming from the 13 communes of the town of Bujumbura.

0.4. Main constraints.

With the amendment of the wages of the health care personnel in the public health structures, there were some members of the personnel of the Center who broke their contracts with the Association, while having benefited from a specialized training in the malaria treatment.

Unlike the year 2009, A.LU.MA-Burundi did not receive any sponsor making it possible to treat free of charge under 5 years children.

0.5. Conclusion.

A.LU.MA-Burundi exhorts its partners not to be wearied, because the way to cross is still long. In spite of provided efforts, the malaria remains one of the great factors of poverty which face the majority of the people who attend the Center. Challenges remain, but there is no doubt that in combining efforts, we will be able one day to reduce the misdeeds of malaria, and thus release energies for a sustainable development.

Even though it has not ye been undertaken till today, A.LU.MA-Burundi keeps in mind the need for initiating: 
•    a mobile private clinic which would be able to help reducing distances covered by patients coming especially from the communes of Mutimbuzi, Isale, Mubimbi in Bujumbura province, and Kanyosha in the south of the capital.  
•    a health-environment radio to sensitize the public on the importance of fighting against malaria, one of the factors of poverty.

May the Almighty God bless all those actions/works of international solidarity which contribute to save human lives, especially those of under 5 years children constituting the group of people who are more threatened by malaria.