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Ellis-Hadwin Health Legacy in Burundi

The Ellis-Hadwin Legacy is a £2.9 million fund set up to deliver a 3-year health programme in Africa, specifically in Burundi, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. It will run from September 2016 to July 2020.

The Ellis-Hadwin Legacy in Burundi will focus on improving poor women and men’s access to essential health care.

The programme is being delivered across three strands of work including testing and adapting, integrating health programming, and evidence and learning.

Testing and adapting

In Burundi, we are implementing the Integrated Community Action for Nutrition (ICAN), a project in Nyanza-Lac and Rumonge health districts, that aims at reducing under nutrition for children and women of reproductive age.

The project has a specific focus on pregnant and lactating women and children below two years of age using the 1000 days approach.

The 1000 days between a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to build a child's ability to grow, learn and thrive.

Burundi has one of the worst nutrition indicators, with 56% of children under five years of age stunted and 29% of underweight.

The project seeks to achieve the following three main outcomes:

  1. Women of child bearing age have appropriate behaviours necessary to improve their nutrition status and that of their children;
  2. Women have economic capacity/resources and agency necessary to make decisions related to nutrition;
  3. Health services related to nutrition are quality, responsive and accessible by women of childbearing age and the community.

Integrating health programming

In Burundi, we are integrating community health into our existing Inclusive Markets Development work, with a strong focus on gender and inclusion.

The project is using the VSLA groups for women coffee farmers as an entry point to integrating nutrition, water and hygiene among other health issues.

This will ensure that the coffee farmer communities’ multiple goals of increased income, improved health and livelihoods are addressed.

Evidence and learning

We have identified and developed a plan to carry out research and generate learning in the following areas over the next three years:

  • Women’s economic empowerment and health
  • The extent to which the community health framework is relevant in fragile and resource constrained contexts
  • Health and resilience

Find out more about our work in Burundi

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