Malaria is gaining ground in Burundi. Worse, he worries. In 2019, the World Health Organization claims to have detected more than 7 million cases for 2,700 deaths, an increase of 64% of cases compared to the same period in 2018.
Even though the Burundian authorities do not officially recognize these figures, they blame this outbreak for factors such as the lack of impregnated mosquito nets, a shortage of medicines or climate change that would favor warming of the temperature, resulting in an outbreak of mosquitoes. .
In its efforts to counter the disease, the Burundian government has launched the order for new drug stocks and a campaign of mosquito control and mosquito nets impregnated.
A strategy that seems to be paying off. Because, already in August, the figures on malaria in Burundi were more alarming. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported 5.7 million cases since the beginning of the year, including some 1,800 deaths, in a Burundi of 11.5 million; 97% increase in cases compared to the same period of 2018.
Information that had irritated the Burundian authorities, seeing a smear campaign and disinformation a few months of the presidential election. The advisor press office, information and communication of the Presidency, Nubwacu Yves Lionel, had also said: « This situation is mathematically impossible … useless bidding! « . Without bringing the figures held by the government.