According to the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture, The Republic of Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East 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 a part of the Albertine Rift, the western extension of the East African Rift.
The current population of Burundi is 12,807,526 as of Saturday, February 4, 2023, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
Among the many humanitarian issues the country faces–malaria is among the most serious. In a new UNICEF report, the numbers are reported:
The epidemiological situation shows progressive increased in malaria cases from 4,753,819 cases in 2020, to 6,151,128 cases in 2021 (with 29% increase compare to 2020) and to 7,293,316 in 2022 (showing an increase of 53% compare to 2020 and 19% compare to 2021).
The Severe Malaria Observatory (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 producing epidemic outbreaks from March to May and October to December. Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the general population and represented 58.8 percent of all outpatient consultations recorded in health care facilities in 2018.
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Burundi is among the twenty countries with the highest number of malaria cases and deaths – 1.5% of the global malaria cases and deaths, and 0.9% of global malaria deaths in 2020. It accounted for 6.4% of malaria cases in Central Africa in 2020. Between 2017 and 2020, the number of malaria cases per 1000 of population at risk increased 17.9% from 250 to 295. Over the same period, however, the number of deaths per 1000 of population at risk decreased 11.3%, from 0.55 to 0.49.
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