Burundi: Acute Malnutrition Situation September - December 2020 and Projection for January - August 2021
01.09.2020 > 31.08.2021
September - December 2020 
January - August 2021 



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DISCLAIMER: Please note that this IPC Acute Malnutrition analysis was integrated with an IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis.

From September to December 2020, which coincides with the peak period for acute malnutrition, only one district in Burundi is in a Serious nutritional situation (IPC Phase 3). The other 31 districts are in Alert (IPC Phase 2). Between January and August 2021, the situation is expected to improve slightly, with 12 districts moving to Acceptable (IPC Phase 1). However, the situation will remain unchanged for the remaining districts: 20 districts will stay in Alert (IPC Phase 2). It is estimated that around 140,000 children aged 6-59 months and over 26,000 pregnant or lactating women will likely suffer from acute malnutrition during 2021, based on the results of the national SMART survey conducted in September 2020.

The major contributing factors to the deterioration of the nutritional situation include inadequate food intake of children aged 6-23 months, with proportions ranging from 5.3 to 14.5%, and low minimum diet, with rates ranging from 3.4 to 13.2%. As a result, high levels of diarrhoea, malaria and acute respiratory infections are key drivers of the nutrition situation in most IPC Phase 2 or 3 districts. In addition, poor access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities contribute to increased levels of acute malnutrition in the majority of the districts analysed.

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