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More Relief Aid for Troubled Burundi

Panalpina flies UNICEF relief to Burundi

For the third consecutive year, approved UNICEF and Panalpina have joined forces to fly much-needed relief goods to an African country where a recurring crisis is taking a heavy toll on society and its weakest members: children.

Violence and a shortage of essential drugs pose major risks to their health.

A Panalpina chartered cargo aircraft recently landed in Burundi with 70 tons of primary medical care goods on board.

These include antibiotics, prescription analgesics, search infusion sets and hospital equipment, provided by UNICEF.

According to the United Nations, Burundi is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war, after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office.

A broad array of actors warned that his attempt was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi.

Since April 2015, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has registered more than 200 killings and hundreds of cases of arbitrary arrest and detention.

The vital goods will be distributed to Burundi’s health centers which are the first place to go to for medical assistance.

“These relief goods can save the lives of thousands of children,” says Elsbeth Mueller, executive director of the Swiss committee for UNICEF

Burundi has known cycles of recurring violence since its independence, plunged into crisis again in April 2015.

The current crisis has so far left more than 200 people dead, with more than 200,000 Burundians crossing borders to seek safe shelter in neighboring countries.

Nearly one child out of ten dies before age five. Easily preventable and treatable diseases including pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria are often responsible for these tragic deaths.

The current crisis has led to an acute shortage of medication and hospital equipment, and a timely supply of essential drugs for quick treatment is seen as critical to improve child health and survival in Burundi.


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