African Great Lakes 

Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi (IPB) HROC COVID Updates, Bujumbura, July 2020

by Elie Nahimana 

Today’s Burundi is marked by visible spread of the COVID-19 pandemic at the national level following the election campaign of May 2020. As a solution to this, Burundi’s new government launched a national campaign on Monday, July 6, 2020, to fight it by reducing the price of soap by 50% and the price of water for those living in villages and towns where they have to pay for water. These measures facilitate handwashing for all people living in Burundi. UNICEF in collaboration with the Savonor, S.A., a soap producing company in Burundi, will make available ten million cakes of soap each month for three months, at half price.

Equipment to test for COVID-19 is available now and many workshops and short trainings were organized at different levels of society. Local and international organizations and religious denominations are already working. A three month period to fight the pandemic is the first priority for the government, including equipping new centers for testing and treating patients.

Bujumbura, the capital city, counts three centers including ETS Kamenge, Hotel Source du Nil and Kanyosha Catholic parish ground. In a period of two days, July 6 and 7, 670 people were tested in Bujumbura; among them, 28 new cases were positive.

IPB-HROC received a grant from AGLI and will buy a thermo flash, disinfectants and soap for this purpose. Five IPB-HROC staff were trained by CRS on COVID prevention and in each of IPB’s activities, a session on prevention of the pandemic is given.

Dr. Elisee, the IPB Legal Representative, has followed a whole week training on COVID 19 prevention and methods of treatment. All these provide added values for IPB-HROC’s contribution to Burundi in these times.