Nutrition International Medical Corps operates a variety of nutrition programs in Burundi. Working with the Ministry of Health, we train local staff to provide a mix of supplemental and therapeutic feeding programmes for several thousand undernourished and malnourished children.
In conjunction with our treatment programmes, we also focus on keeping children under the age of two healthy by training mothers and then sending them into the broader community to teach healthy nutrition practices to their peers. The Mother Care Group approach, which employs local women, is especially effective because it focuses on behaviour change and peer-to-peer communication aimed at stopping malnutrition before it takes hold.
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence International Medical Corps works to improve treatment and counselling for sexual and gender-based violence survivors and supports clinics that offer medical and psychosocial care to survivors. We conduct workshops, awareness campaigns and community meetings to heighten understanding of the potentially crippling consequences of violent gender-based attacks. Additionally, we provide financial and technical support to local civil society groups to run sensitisation campaigns through cultural performances and community meetings.
Primary Health Care International Medical Corps supports more than 70 health facilities in Burundi and operates four mobile clinics serving “peace villages”— communities established to facilitate the return of an estimated 200,000 Burundian refugees who fled to neighbouring Tanzania in the early 1970s to escape ethnic fighting. In addition to providing thousands of people with basic health care, we also work to build local capacity. Our programmes offer training to local health care professionals, community-based health workers and community leaders.