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Helping Concern Worldwide tackle child malnutrition in Burundi

Image credit: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide/Burundi/2018

Who they are

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation that specialises in tackling hunger with the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest countries. They work across 23 countries and in 2018, they reached 24.2 million people through their health, education and livelihoods programmes and humanitarian aid.

Image credit: Daren Vaughn/Concern Worldwide/Burundi/2018

What they do

Concern Worldwide are specialists in tackling hunger with the most vulnerable people, in the world’s poorest places. For more than 50 years, they have been developing and delivering practical, intelligent, sustainable solutions that have transformed lives. They combine their expertise with local knowledge to provide the best support to communities.

Image credit: Daren Vaughn/Concern Worldwide/Burundi/2018

How we’re helping 

80% of Burundi’s population live in poverty, Burundi also has the second highest rate of stunting among children in the world. Many communities are subsistence farmers, who lack the knowledge and resources to grow and prepare nutritious food to ensure their children are getting the balanced diet they need. Child malnutrition is one of the main causes of death in children under 5, with 60% of children showing symptoms of stunting due to poor nutrition.

Lack of knowledge about care and health practices for infants and young children, along with poor access to clean water causes diarrhoea which can be lethal to a malnourished child.

Image credit: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide/Burundi/2018

Our support aims to improve the health and nutrition of 58,313 children in Cibitoke province in Burundi by improving community-based health systems, to identify and treat malnourished children and improve household capacity to grow food and increase knowledge of health and hygiene in the home.

Image credit: Daren Vaughn/Concern Worldwide/Burundi/2018

Our donation will be used to support 172 women chosen from the local community and trained to become ‘Light Mothers’. They will deliver sessions on malnutrition, childcare, cooking and the benefits of home gardens. To make sure children will receive the main nutrients to grow healthy, we are providing 6,000 families with vegetable seeds and a fruit tree to grow in their kitchen gardens. Our grant will also provide resources for safely storing and using drinking water to 2,000 households with vulnerable children.