Protecting Children’s Health in Burundi

January 28, 2014

Concern is awarded $736,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities to improve the health of more than 46,000 children in rural Cibitoke province.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has awarded $736,140 to Concern Worldwide to fund their efforts to reduce child illness and mortality in Burundi. Concern Worldwide is one of nine organizations chosen by RMHC to receive a portion of more than $3 million in funding to improve maternal, neonatal, and child health around the world.

“We are delighted and honored to be partnering with RMHC to protect the health and wellbeing of children in one of the poorest districts of Burundi,” said Joseph Cahalan, Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide US. “The leading causes of death among children under five are entirely preventable, and this investment will allow us to give local health workers and mothers the knowledge and skills they need to keep children healthy. It is literally a life-saving investment.”

Malaria, diarrhea, respiratory infections, and the compounding effects of malnutrition are the most common causes of sickness and death among children in Burundi. This funding will enable Concern to will train nearly 2,500 health workers in proven, low-cost interventions to reach more than 46,000 children under five years old.

“The leading causes of death among children under five are entirely preventable, and this investment will allow us to give local health workers and mothers the knowledge and skills they need to keep children healthy. It is literally a life-saving investment.”

To do this, Concern will follow a “train-the-trainer” model in which families are educated in the importance of healthy practices at-home and when and where to seek treatment when their children are sick.

Concern has worked in Burundi since 1994 and currently operates programs in health, education, and livelihoods. This is the first grant Concern Worldwide has received from RMHC, which has awarded nearly $97 million in grants over the last 11 years.

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