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A better future for Burundi

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WE'RE ON A MISSION
 
TO SEE THE END OF SEVEN NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES BY 2020
 
ONE IN SIX PEOPLE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD, INCLUDING OVER HALF A BILLION CHILDREN, HAVE THESE PARASITIC AND BACTERIAL DISEASES
 
BUT TOGETHER WE CAN SEE THE END
 
[World map appears, focusing in on Africa then Burundi]
 
EN7 BURUNDI
 
[View of hills, waterways, people in Burundi]

Commentary from Wangechi Thuo, Program Officer, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases]

 
Burundi is an important country to us in terms of neglected tropical diseases, because coming out of a civil war very little was done in terms of control.
 
Neglected tropical diseases are the most common infection of who we call the 'bottom billion'. They are cruel diseases. They are debilitating disfiguring and disabling. These are the infections that keep these populations in poverty.
 
[Lady from Burundi village]
 
My children couldn't eat because their bellies were swollen with intestinal worms. It was devastating.
 
[Wangechi Thuo cont..., with view of medicinal drug warehouses and mass drug administration (MDA)]
 
Neglected tropical diseases have current solutions, very cheap solutions, and because of that donated drugs from pharmaceutical companies including Glaxo SmithKline, drugs have reached the port in Burundi and these drugs have been received by the Ministry and are being distributed from Bujumbura to the health centres.
 
Thanks to a generous grant from the Legato Foundation, several partners came together with the Ministry - this included the Global Network, Geneva global, CBM and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and for the last four years we've been running an integrated NTD programme at the national level.
 
[Giuseppina Ortu, Program Manager - Burundi and Rwanda, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative]
 
We want to have this programme integrated into the normal activities of the Ministry of Health. This is their own project and they have to do this for their own future.
 
[Wangechi Thuo cont..., with more scenes of MDA (queues of people waiting for injections, tablets, etc]
 
Where hospitals and doctors cannot get to we've met community drug distributors who have volunteered to become the community's health extension.
 
[Georgette, Community Health Worker]
 
When visiting the other families in the community, I can see a real, positive change since distribution began.
 
Millions of people have received treatment against infections with soil transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis.
 
[Giuseppina Ortu cont..., with scenes of women and children walking and bathing in muddy water]
 

The swimmers that are bathing, they are in fact are at risk of getting schistosomiasis. By providing praziquantel we can see that the prevalence of schistosomiasis went down enormously.
 
[Mary, Community Health Worker]

 
When we witness somebody with a body that's almost deformed, come back to its normal shape and colour, that really inspires you to move forward.
 
[Wangechi Thuo cont...]

 
These diseases are preventable and treatable. There are highly cost-effective, proven interventions for as little as fifty cents per person. You can pretty much map the roadway towards eliminating these diseases.
 
In eliminating these neglected tropical diseases we may very well have found that break in the cycle of poverty.
 
[Leonard Madina, Village Chief, Rutana]

 
Before the medicine, people couldn't work and people couldn't cultivate the fields. Thanks to the medicine, the community is back to work, and we are moving forward.
 
[Interview question]

 
Burundi is a country of potential isn't it?
 
[Johan Willems, NTD Program Officer, CBM]


It has quite some potential, its biggest potential is the population.
 
[Louise Makau-Barasa, Programme Director for Western and Central Africa, Geneva Global]

 
There is a willingness by the people and that commitment and their willingness can override a lot of these challenges and that's what makes this very successful.
 
[Dr. Onesime Ndayishimye, director, National NTD Control and Blindness Programme, Burundi Ministry of Health]
 

Our vision is to make Burundi free of neglected tropical diseases because we are convinced that if we fight NTDs we will access to development.
 
[Wangechi Thuo cont..., with school scenes and happy children]

 
We are talking about communities flourishing, children going to school and becoming the doctor, the mother, the teacher. We've seen individuals testifying on how these drugs have impacted their families, impacted communities. This is Burundi's future; this can be Africa's future.
 
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ALL WE NEED NOW IS YOUR SUPPORT
 
EN7 SEVEN DISEASES BY 2020
 
LIKE, JOIN IN ON FB, DONATE, VISIT N7.ORG
 
TOGETHER WE CAN SEE THE END

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