This country profile provides an overview of Burundi’s progress in reaching those in need of mass NTD treatment based on 2017 data.

*This includes all countries in Africa that are endemic for at least one of the five NTDs

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Treatment coverage

Elephantiasis
N/A
Blinding trachoma
0%
Intestinal worms
94%
Bilharzia
100%
River blindness
81%
4.84 million people received treatment in Burundi in 2017 0.09 million people did not receive treatment in Burundi in 2017

Priorities for progress in Burundi

  • The status of the trachoma programme is dragging the index score for Burundi down, despite high coverage achieved for river blindness, bilharzia and intestinal worms.
  • As a priority, Burundi is urged to implement the recommendations of the impact surveys for trachoma, by conducting one round of mass drug administration (MDA) in the districts of Gashoho and Gasorwe. Following which Burundi should carry out further impact surveys six months after the completion of the MDA.
  • Support the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) established by WHO AFRO region for the elimination of these five diseases.

Elephantiasis

Burundi does not require mass treatment for elephantiasis.

Blinding trachoma

Treatment coverage remained the same at 0% in 2016 and 2017.

People needing treatment
1.86m
People receiving treatment
0m

Intestinal worms

Treatment coverage decreased from  96% in 2016 to 94% in 2017.

Pre-sch and school-aged children needing treatment
3.88m
Pre-school and school-aged children receiving treatment
3.66m

Bilharzia

Treatment coverage increased from 91% in 2016 to 100% in 2017.

School-aged children needing treatment
0.97m
School-aged children receiving treatment
0.97m

River blindness

Treatment coverage increased from 80% in 2016 to 81% in 2017.

People needing treatment
1.76m
People receiving treatment
1.44m

The ESPEN portal (a World Health Organization AFRO region project) provides maps and district-level data for the preventive chemotherapy diseases in Burundi.